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Seaway to the Future American Social Visions and the Construction of the Panama Canal

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ISBN-10: 0299229408

ISBN-13: 9780299229405

Edition: 2008

Authors: Alexander Missal

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Realizing the century-old dream of a passage to India, the building of the Panama Canal was an engineering feat of colossal dimensions, a construction site filled not only with mud and water but with interpretations, meanings, and social visions. Alexander Missalrsquo;sSeaway to the Futureunfolds a cultural history of the Panama Canal project, revealed in the texts and images of the erarsquo;s policymakers and commentators. Observing its creation, journalists, travel writers, and officials interpreted the Canal and its environs as a perfect society under an efficient, authoritarian management featuring innovations in technology, work, health, and consumption. For their middle-class audience…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 11/30/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Approaching the Panama Canal: An Introduction
Logistics of Expansion: The Long Road to Realization
American Triumph: Explaining the Canal Project
The Engineered View: The Panama Canal in Pictures
Ideal Community: The Canal Zone as an American Utopia
Celebrating the Canal: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition
Conclusion: Visiting a Construction Site