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Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal

Country of Authorship: Jamaica
Author: Olive Senior
Genre: Non-fiction

Publisher: UWI Press

Publication Year: 2014

Synopsis

In Dying to Better Themselves, Olive Senior examines the neglected post-emancipation generation of the 1850s 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.

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