Book ID: CBB716002628

Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal (2019)

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Marixa Lasso (Author)


Harvard University Press


Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 352
Language: English

The Panama Canal set a new course for the modern development of Central America. Cutting a convenient path from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, it hastened the currents of trade and migration that were already reshaping the Western hemisphere. Yet the waterway was built at considerable cost to a way of life that had characterized the region for centuries. In Erased, Marixa Lasso recovers the history of the Panamanian cities and towns that once formed the backbone of the republic. Drawing on vast and previously untapped archival sources and personal recollections, Lasso describes the canal’s displacement of peasants, homeowners, and shop owners, and chronicles the destruction of a centuries-old commercial culture and environment. On completion of the canal, the United States engineered a tropical idyll to replace the lost cities and towns―a space miraculously cleansed of poverty, unemployment, and people―which served as a convenient backdrop to the manicured suburbs built exclusively for Americans. By restoring the sounds, sights, and stories of a world wiped clean by U.S. commerce and political ambition, Lasso compellingly pushes back against a triumphalist narrative that erases the contribution of Latin America to its own history.

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Authors & Contributors
Carse, Ashley
Sutter, Paul S.
Keiner, Christine
Marixa Lasso
Blake Scott
Kapsch, Robert J.
Journals
Social Studies of Science
Journal of the History of Biology
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
History and Technology
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Environmental History
Publishers
Princeton University Press
University of West Virginia Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of Oklahoma Press
The MIT Press
Sussex Academic Press
Concepts
Panama Canal
Canals
Infrastructure
Transportation
Technology and politics
Technology
People
Stevens, John Frank (1853-1943)
Roosevelt, Theodore
Darling, Samuel Taylor
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
Places
Panama
United States
Mexico
San Francisco (California)
West Indies
Hawaii (U.S.)
Institutions
Tennessee Valley Authority
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