We Depend on Others Too Much

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:
We Depend on Others Too Much

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This chapter investigates the organization of the black Caribbean coast under the influence of Garveyism. Starting in the 1920s, Marcus Garvey's followers founded local branches of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in the United States, Jamaica, and Central America. The UNIA played an important role in uniting black migrant workers from various cultures and societies together, fostering solidarity and confidence within an organizational infrastructure that enabled them to mobilize against their employers in ways that Garvey himself might have discouraged.

Keywords: labor radicalism; black migrant workers; Marcus Garvey; Universal Negro Improvement Association; Garveyism

Chapter.  3491 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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