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Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age

Lara Putnam

Abstract

In the generations after emancipation, hundreds of thousands of African-descended working-class men and women left their homes in the British Caribbean to seek opportunity abroad: in the goldfields of Venezuela and the cane fields of Cuba, the canal construction in Panama, and the bustling city streets of Brooklyn. But in the 1920s and 1930s, racist nativism and a brutal cascade of antiblack immigration laws swept the hemisphere. Facing borders and barriers as never before, Afro-Caribbean migrants rethought allegiances of race, class, and empire. This book takes readers from tin-roof tropical ... More

Keywords: emancipation, Brooklyn, working-class men, British Caribbean, goldfields, racist nativism, Venezuela, antiblack immigration laws, canal construction, Panama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835821
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807838136_putnam

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lara Putnam, author