9780674984448-0674984447-Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal

Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal

ISBN-13: 9780674984448
ISBN-10: 0674984447
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Lasso, Marixa
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 352 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674984448
ISBN-10: 0674984447
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Lasso, Marixa
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Hardcover 352 pages

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Acknowledged authors Lasso, Marixa wrote Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal comprising 352 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674984447 and 9780674984448. Since then Erased: The Untold Story of the Panama Canal textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 5.72 or rent at the marketplace.

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The Panama Canal's untold history―from the Panamanian point of view. Sleuth and scholar Marixa Lasso recounts how the canal’s American builders displaced 40,000 residents and erased entire towns in the guise of bringing modernity to the tropics.

The Panama Canal set a new course for the modern development of Central America. Cutting a convenient path from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, it hastened the currents of trade and migration that were already reshaping the Western hemisphere. Yet the waterway was built at considerable cost to a way of life that had characterized the region for centuries. In Erased, Marixa Lasso recovers the history of the Panamanian cities and towns that once formed the backbone of the republic.

Drawing on vast and previously untapped archival sources and personal recollections, Lasso describes the canal’s displacement of peasants, homeowners, and shop owners, and chronicles the destruction of a centuries-old commercial culture and environment. On completion of the canal, the United States engineered a tropical idyll to replace the lost cities and towns―a space miraculously cleansed of poverty, unemployment, and people―which served as a convenient backdrop to the manicured suburbs built exclusively for Americans. By restoring the sounds, sights, and stories of a world wiped clean by U.S. commerce and political ambition, Lasso compellingly pushes back against a triumphalist narrative that erases the contribution of Latin America to its own history.

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