Revolvers, Shotguns, Machetes, and Clubs

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:
Revolvers, Shotguns, Machetes, and Clubs

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This chapter argues that despite their differences, black and Latin American workers from diverse backgrounds managed to unite against their racist bosses in order to agitate for better work conditions. It looks at a series of strikes from the period 1909-19 in detail, showing how workers banded together across ethnic and national lines in a united effort to improve the quality of their lives. It challenges the depiction of the coastal workforce, often found in scholarly works, as hopelessly divided along ethnic and cultural lines, and as completely passive in the face of company domination.

Keywords: Latin American workers; black workers; racism; strikes; coastal workforce; labor mobilization

Chapter.  5840 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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