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Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism

Daniel E. Bender and Jana K. Lipman


Millions of laborers, from the Philippines to the Caribbean, performed the work of the U.S. 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, this book offers new stories of empire that intersect with the “grand narratives” of diplomatic affairs at the national and international levels. Missile defense, Cold War showdowns, development politics, military combat, tourism, and banana eco ... More

Keywords: United States empire, global economy, U.S. labor, labor mobilization, migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479871254
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479871254.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel E. Bender, editor

Jana K. Lipman, editor

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Daniel E. Bender and Jana K. Lipman

Part I Solidarities and Resistance

1 The Wages of Empire

Julie Greene

3 The Secret Soldiers’ Union

Christopher Capozzola

Part II Intimacies in Colonial Spaces

6 Making Aloha

Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez

Part III Migration and Mobilizing Labor for the Empire

7 The Advantages of Empire

Andrew T. Urban

8 Empire and the Moving Body

Dorothy B. Fujita-Rony

9 Slavery’s Stale Soil

Cindy Hahamovitch

Part IV Imperial Labor and Control in the Tropics

11 Progressive Empire

Jason M. Colby

12 What Is Imperial about Coffee?

Augustine Sedgewick

13 Home Land (In)security

Lauren Hirshberg