Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism

TitleMaking the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBender, Daniel E., and Jana K. Lipman
Number of Pages374
PublisherNew York University Press
CityNew York
Abstract

Millions of laborers, from the Philippines to the Caribbean, performed the work of the United States empire. Forging a global economy connecting the tropics to the industrial center, workers harvested sugar, cleaned hotel rooms, provided sexual favors, and filled military ranks. Placing working men and women at the center of the long history of the U.S. empire, these essays offer new stories of empire that intersect with the "grand narratives" of diplomatic affairs at the national and international levels. Together, the essays in this volume recognize the United States as a global imperial player whose systems of labor mobilization and migration stretched from Central America to West Africa to the United States itself.

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