September 10, 2009

The Canal Builders

The Panama Canal has long been heralded as an engineering wonder. What is less well publicized are the thousands of workers who traveled from around the world to complete the canal. This book describes the efforts that resulted in the Panama Canal as important to the establishment of the United States as an empire and later as a world power. Building on letters, memoirs, and government documents, Greene brings to life the experiences of the canal workers, the physical dangers and social conditions that they faced, and shows how they managed to resist pressures for efficiency at all costs.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

The Canal Builders: Making America's Empire at the Panama Canal
Julie Greene
F 1569 .C2 G66 2009