When Conflicting Racisms Converge: Race, Nation and Segregation: Lecture with Rebecca Herman

Lecture | November 6 | 4 p.m. | 2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies), Conference Room

 Rebecca Herman

 Center for Latin American Studies

During World War II, workers from across Latin America and the Caribbean traveled to the Panama Canal Zone to work on defense construction projects for the U.S. government. When they arrived, they encountered a binary system of segregation. that did not accord with the racial constructs and identities they brought with them. This talk will consider how race, nation and segregation divided Allies engaged in a purported war for democracy.

Rebecca Herman is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and writing examine Latin American history in a global context.

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The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal in 1936. (Photo by E.O. Goldbeck/Library of Congress.)