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MOVABLE EMPIRE

From History of the Panama canal; its construction and builders, 1915. Internet Archive Book Images / Flickr via Jacobin.

By Julie Greene | Jacobin

"Around the turn of the twentieth century, the United States acquired an economic, political, and colonial empire. That empire transformed the US. Yet while scholars have examined many aspects of American expansionism, they’ve neglected a key issue: imperial labor migrations.

"From across North America, the Caribbean, southern Europe, and Asia, men and women labored in the service of global American power. They built roads and canals; cooked, washed, and cleaned homes; they served in the military, assisting in colonization and pacification of foreign populations. They nursed the wounded, and they harvested bananas and sugar cane to build profits for corporate capitalism. Their labor built the empire from the bottom up."

Read the complete article in Jacobin.

Photo: From History of the Panama canal; its construction and builders, 1915. Internet Archive Book Images / Flickr via Jacobin.

Date of Publication: 
12/18/17