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West Indian Workers and the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica 1870-1940

by Aviva Chomsky

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  • ISBN: 9780807119792
  • ISBN10: 0807119792

West Indian Workers and the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica 1870-1940

by Aviva Chomsky

  • List Price: $49.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 03/01/1996
  • ISBN: 9780807119792
  • ISBN10: 0807119792
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Description: In the late nineteenth century, several U.S.-based companies, which merged into the United Fruit Company in 1899, began to build railroads and cultivate bananas in Costa Rica's Atlantic Coast province of Limon, recruiting mainly Jamaican workers. The society that developed in Limon was an English-speaking enclave of white North American managers and black West Indian workers, with a culture and history distinct from that of the rest of Costa Rica. This detailed and informative study of the banana industry on Costa Rica's Atlantic Coast, focusing on the lives of the industry's workers, explains why the United Fruit Company was never able to maintain the kind of social and economic control it sought over its workers and how the workers managed to create a vibrant alternative social and economic system around the plantation. West Indian Workers and the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica, 1870-1940 is among the first studies of the social history of multinational corporations and makes a significant contribution to current scholarship on plantation societies and labor systems, the history of medicine, the social and labor history of Central America, and Afro-Caribbean history.
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