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By Robert J. Alexander

This quantity is a pioneering examine of the background of equipped exertions within the primary American republics. It lines the historical past within the a variety of international locations from the early 19th century to the tip of the 20th century. It additionally discusses why they seemed, what organizational and ideological traits characterised the flow in those international locations, the position of collective bargaining, the commercial impression of equipped exertions, in addition to the family members of the move within the person nations with each other and with the wider hard work circulate outdoors of the nations fascinated with this volume.

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After that conference, Romualdi visited the Chiriqui Land Company’s operations. On his second day there, he was picked up by the Panamanian secret police, taken to the city of David, and then deported from Panama. A year later, Romualdi met Ricardo Arias, who had been president at the time of his deportation, and Arias told him that the local Chiriqui manager had called up the local secret police and told them that there was “a dangerous Communist” (Romualdi) on the Chiriqui holdings, as a result of which they had arrested and deported him.

When in July of that year the sinking of a Costa Rican ship by German submarines had led to rioting and vandalism in San José, which Figueres claimed were instigated by the Communists, he got on the radio 36 A History of Organized Labor in Panama and Central America and denounced what was going on. He was arrested before he could finish his speech and was deported to Mexico. Figueres was a businessman and a rural landowner whose principal reputation before 1942 had come from his interest in experimentation on his farm and in beneficent treatment of those working for him.

Dionisio Aráuz, interview. 43. Sr. Galvan (cultural secretary of Confederación Obrera Campesina de la República de Panamá), interview with the author in Panama City, August 27, 1952. 44. Dionisio Aráuz, interview. 45. Diogenes Brown (recording secretary of Federación de Sindicatos Independientes of Panama), interview with the author in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, June 1, 1953. 46. Dionisio Aráuz, interview. 47. Letter from Robert J. Alexander to Jay Lovestone, August 30, 1954. 48. Phillipps, in Latin American Labor Organizations, p.

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