A History of Organized Labor in Panama and Central America
by Robert J. Alexander
July 2008, 320pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-97740-5
$95, £74, 83€, A131
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The impact of an organized labor movement in Central America and Panama is explored through a historical lens, illustrating how economically exploited countries campaigned for personal financial interests.

This volume is a pioneering study of the history of organized labor in the Central American republics. It traces the history in the various countries from the early nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. It also discusses why they appeared, what organizational and ideological tendencies characterized the movement in these countries, the role of collective bargaining, the economic influence of organized labor, as well as the relations of the movement in the individual countries with one another and with the broader labor movement outside of the countries involved in this volume.


"… [Alexander] derives much material in this book from personal involvement with Serafino Romualdi, an Italian anti-fascist, who acted as an anticommunist agent for the American Federation of Labor throughout Latin America. Along with Jay Lovestone, a former socialist turned anticommunist, Romualdi worked closely with the US State Department and the AFL to destabilize liberal Latin American governments and support friendly labor movements."—Choice, March 1, 2009
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