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Making the Empire WorkLabor and United States Imperialism$
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Daniel E. Bender and Jana K. Lipman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479871254

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479871254.001.0001

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Revolutionary Currents

Revolutionary Currents

Interracial Solidarities, Imperial Japan, and the U.S. Empire

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Making the Empire Work

Moon-Ho Jung

NYU Press

This chapter recounts Hubert Harrison's call for a congress of the darker races that would serve as “an international center of cooperation from which strength may be drawn for the several sections of the world of color.” In conjunction with this call, a wave of migrations and radical politics likewise pulsated across the islands of Hawai'i. For instance, Japanese and Filipino workers were forging a local “colored international” against “capitalist imperialism” and initiated a massive labor strike in 1920 that reverberated across the Pacific. The chapter also shows that as radicals appeal for interracial movements against white supremacy and colonialism echoes around the world, the U.S. state reacted vigilantly and violently.

Keywords:   Hubert Harrison, capitalist imperialism, colored international, Pacific, interracial movements, white supremacy

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