Race Relations on the Early-Twentieth-Century Caribbean Frontier

Frederick Douglass Opie

in Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882–1923

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033716
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038735 | DOI:
Race Relations on the Early-Twentieth-Century Caribbean Frontier

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This chapter discusses interethnic conflict among workers. It argues that a shift in the composition of the coastal workforce to include more Latin Americans, combined with strengthening anti-immigrant sentiment among Guatemalans and the passage of unfavorable anti-immigrant legislation, worked to exacerbate conflict among Latin American and black workers. At the same time, alcohol and gambling, rather than racist or nationalistic sentiments, proved the most important factors in causing violent conflict and divisions among Caribbean coast workers.

Keywords: interethnic conflict; Latin Americans; anti-immigrant legislation; black workers; alcohol; gambling

Chapter.  4424 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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