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by Olive Senior

  • Author: Olive Senior
  • ISBN: 9766404577
  • ISBN13: 978-9766404574
  • ePub: 1949 kb | FB2: 1537 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Americas
  • Publisher: University of West Indies Press; 1st edition (August 7, 2014)
  • Pages: 440
  • Rating: 4.8/5
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Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal ePub download

Not too many West Indians are aware of the mass migration of workers from islands such as Jamaica and Barbados to the Isthmus to build the railroad and canal.

Not too many West Indians are aware of the mass migration of workers from islands such as Jamaica and Barbados to the Isthmus to build the railroad and canal. They are even less aware of the invaluable contribution of these migrants to one of the most remarkable feats of engineering ever attempted. The lasting impact that this migration had on the general culture, politics and economics of these islands, even when a number of migrants never returned home because they died trying to better themselves, as the book's title indicates, or moved on to opportunities in the .

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Senior's most recent non-fiction book, Dying To Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, was published in September 2014 – 100 years after the opening of the Panama Canal, 15 August 1914

Senior's most recent non-fiction book, Dying To Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, was published in September 2014 – 100 years after the opening of the Panama Canal, 15 August 1914 An extended critical evaluation of Senior's work can be found in Olive Senior by Denise deCaires Narain (2011), published by Northcote House Publishers (UK) in collaboration with the British Council as part of the Writers and Their Wo. .

Caribbean West Indians lured by the opportunity of lucrative work and the promise of.

Caribbean West Indians lured by the opportunity of lucrative work and the promise of wealth were confronted by a very different reality upon arrival in Panama. Workers held many different jobs in the canal zone and they were faced with appalling living conditions, disease, and rugged terrain. The foreign owned corporations building the Panama Canal established segregated communities which later caused conflicts in Spanish speaking Catholic Panama. Could you be one of them? Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, Author, Olive Senior – September 30, 2014.

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The University of the West Indies Press. 14 November at 06:00. English (UK) · Русский · Українська · Suomi · Español. Dying to Better Themselves. Part . he us construction of the panama canal,1904-1914. 4. who went, how and why. 5. what they endured, 1904–1907. 6. the work they DID there,1904–1914. 7. the lives they lived, 1904–1914. 8. how they loved, laughed and prayed. Part 4. years and the return home. 9. life in panama after construction ended.

Olive’s latest non-fiction work, Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, was published in 2014, the centenary year of the opening of the Panama Canal. She returned to short fiction in 2015 with The Pain Tree. Dorothea Smartt is a respected poet, live-artist and literary activist. Author of two poetry collections, Connecting Medium and Ship Shape, she features in several anthologies, journals and the online Poetry Archive.

The epic story of the involvement of the tiny islands of the West Indies in providing the work force for the construction of the Panama Canal (1904-1914) and before that, the .

The epic story of the involvement of the tiny islands of the West Indies in providing the work force for the construction of the Panama Canal (1904-1914) and before that, the Panama Railroad (1850-1855), and the French attempt under de Lesseps to build the Panama Canal (1881-1889).

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The popular West Indian migration narrative often starts with the Windrush Generation in 1950's England, but in Dying to Better Themselves Olive Senior examines an earlier narrative: that of the neglected post-emancipation generation of the 1850's who were lured to Panama by the promise of lucrative work and who initiated a pattern of circular migration that would transform the islands economically, socially and politically well into the twentieth century. West Indians provided the bulk of the workforce for the construction of the Panama Railroad and the Panama Canal, and between 1850 and 1914 untold numbers sacrificed their lives, limbs and mental faculties to the Panama projects. Many West Indians remained as settlers, their descendants now citizens of Panama; many returned home with enough of a nest egg to better themselves; and others launched themselves elsewhere in the Americas as work beckoned. Senior tells the compelling story of the West Indian rite of passage of Going to Panama and captures the complexities behind the iconic Colon Man.Drawing on official records, contemporary newspapers, journals and books, songs, sayings, and literature, and the words of the participants themselves, Senior answers the questions as to who went to Panama, how and why; she describes the work they did there, the conditions under which they lived, the impact on their homelands when they returned or on the host societies when they stayed. Many books have shown the conquest of the Isthmus of Panama by land and sea exploring how the myriad individual lives touched by the construction of the railroad and the canal changed the world as well.
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Not too many West Indians are aware of the mass migration of workers from islands such as Jamaica and Barbados to the Isthmus to build the railroad and canal. They are even less aware of the invaluable contribution of these migrants to one of the most remarkable feats of engineering ever attempted. The lasting impact that this migration had on the general culture, politics and economics of these islands, even when a number of migrants never returned home because they died trying to better themselves, as the book's title indicates, or moved on to opportunities in the U.S. for example. Olive Senior has managed to engage, enlighten and educate on a critical but little known aspect of our history that will certainly advance our understanding and appreciation of the nature, value and necessity of migration in the development of the islands of the West Indies.
It is not surprising that Ms. Senior's presentation also reveals the horrors, racism and financial discrimination that were a natural part of the work environment at the time. The work is usefully accompanied by numerous photographs and almost punishingly replete with references that enhance its authenticity. There is no question that this work is among the most complete and insightful of its kind regarding the building of the Panama Canal. Whether one is a student of history or simply a curious observer of culture, politics and the economics of migration, "Dying To Better Themselves" is distinctly worth reading, especially if one has roots in any of the islands of the West Indies.
Gogul
I was hoping to find a reference to my Jamaican roots. I found pictures of my great grandfather, my grand uncle(my grandmother's brother), his wife (my grandfather's cousin), and my mother's first cousin. This thrilled me. Books were my first friends.
Nikobar
Still reading but for what I can tell, the history is interesting especially coming from Panama I learn so much more that was not taught to me previously growing up as a child.
Yozshujinn
very extensive and well researched
riki
meticulous research and fabulous writing! very engaging!
Siratius
An absolute gem, I learned, I laughed, I cried and I came away with a sense of gratitude to the writer who so meticulously researched the contribution West Indians made to the construction of the canal. Thank you Ms. Senior
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