Culture and Customs of Panama by La Verne M. Seales SoleyHigh school and public libraries will find this volume a welcome addition to reference book shelves. Engagingly written, this comprehensive volume gives students an overview of contemporary life in Panama-what religions are practiced, what the cuisine is consumed on a day-to-day basis, and what people wear in urban and rural settings, among many other topics. Modern literature, media outlets, gender issues, education, visual arts, and performing arts are also covered. While the focus is on current customs and contemporary culture, readers will also gain insight into Panama's unique relationship with the United States, which has been turbulent in the past at best. Students studying international politics, anthropology, world culture, and current events will find this to be a useful resource.
This volume explores contemporary culture in Panama, a melting pot deep in the heart of Central America. Thanks to the construction of the Panama Canal and the need for laborers, Panama's culture today is teeming with influences from ethnicities from around the world, including American Indian, Chinese, West Indian, Greek, and French. High school and public libraries will find this volume a welcome addition to reference book shelves. Engagingly written, this comprehensive study gives students an overview of contemporary life in Panama-what religions are practiced, what the cuisine is consumed on a day-to-day basis, and what people wear in urban and rural settings, among many other topics. Modern literature, media outlets, gender issues, education, visual arts, and performing arts are also covered. While the focus is on current customs and contemporary culture, readers will also gain insight into Panama's unique relationship with the United States, which has been turbulent in the past at best. Students studying international politics, anthropology, world culture, and current events will find this to be a useful resource.
Call Number: F1563.8.S43 2009
Publication Date: 2008
United States Discovers Panama by Michael LaRosaMarking the centennial of Panama's separation from Colombia in 1903, this volume reprises U.S. images of the isthmus a century ago. The editors have collected a fascinating selection of articles from two of the most influential publications of the era, Harper's Monthly Magazine and the Atlantic Monthly, to illustrate the prejudices and expansionistic rhetoric of the time. An eclectic mix of adventure-seekers, naturalists, scientists, scholars, and travellers all helped a reading public in the United States 'discover' Panama and the tropics. Their writings show the long evolution of the U.S. debate on the question of Panama and how Americans came to believe control of the isthmus was vital to their economic and political wellbeing. Constituting critically important primary sources, which are virtually unknown among students and scholars today, the articles highlight the intersection of politics, history, technology, and commercial interests in the region. By introducing and organizing these long-forgotten essays in cohesive thematic sections, this book will help readers think more critically and carefully about U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing legacy in U.S.-Latin American relations.
The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs by Ulrich Keller (Editor)Extensive text and 164 historic photographs tell the compelling story of the Canal's construction: dredging, housing, internal government, engineering feats, failures, and final success.
Call Number: TC774.K285 1983
Publication Date: 1984
Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch by Adam ClymerThe Panama Canal sparked intense debates in the 1970s over the decision to turn it back over to Panama. Here, journalist Adam Clymer shows how the decision to give up this revered monument of the "American century" stirred emotions already rubbed raw by the loss of the Vietnam War and shaped American politics for years. Jimmy Carter won the battle to ratify the Panama Canal treaties, but, Clymer reveals, the larger war was lost. The issue gave Ronald Reagan a slogan that kept his 1976 candidacy alive and positioned him to win in 1980, helped elect conservative senators who made a Republican majority, and fueled the overall growth of conservatism. As Clymer argues, "The Panama Canal no longer divides Panama. But the fissures it opened 30 years ago have widened; they divide the United States." His even-handed account offers new insight into the "Reagan Revolution" and highlights an overlooked turning point in American political history.
Call Number: JZ3715.C58 2008
Publication Date: 2008
The Panama Canal by Jill KauffmanIn 1903, lawmakers in the South American nation of Colombia rejected a treaty strongly supported by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt that would have allowed the United States to build a canal across Panama, a province of Colombia, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Rejection of the treaty sparked a revolution in Panama, which quickly won its independence from Colombia. One of Panama's first actions was to negotiate a new treaty granting the United States the right to construct the canal. Did President Roosevelt "steal" the canal from Colombia by encouraging—or even helping to engineer—the Panamanian revolution, or did the United States obtain it fairly?
This eBook examines the events behind the Panama Canal and delves into the pro and con arguments that surrounded them. It includes a timeline, primary sources, a bibliography, and a "Learn More About" chapter with more information on the topic.
Publication Date: 2015
The Path Between the Seas by David McCulloughThe National Book Award-winning epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal, a first-rate drama of the bold and brilliant engineering feat that was filled with both tragedy and triumph, told by master historian David McCullough.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Truman , here is the national bestselling epic chronicle of the creation of the Panama Canal. In The Path Between the Seas, acclaimed historian David McCullough delivers a first-rate drama of the sweeping human undertaking that led to the creation of this grand enterprise.
The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale.
Winner of the National Book Award for history, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and the Cornelius Ryan Award (for the best book of the year on international affairs), The Path Between the Seas is a must-read for anyone interested in American history, the history of technology, international intrigue, and human drama.
Call Number: F1569.C2 M139
Publication Date: 1978
Seaway to the Future by Alexander MissalRealizing 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 Missal's Seaway to the Future unfolds a cultural history of the Panama Canal project, revealed in the texts and images of the era'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 in the United States, the writers depicted a foreign yet familiar place, a showcase for the future--images reinforced in the exhibits of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition that celebrated the Canal's completion. Through these depictions, the building of the Panama Canal became a powerful symbol in a broader search for order as Americans looked to the modern age with both anxiety and anticipation. Like most utopian visions, this one aspired to perfection at the price of exclusion. Overlooking the West Indian laborers who built the Canal, its admirers praised the white elite that supervised and administered it. Inspired by the masculine ideal personified by President Theodore Roosevelt, writers depicted the Canal Zone as an emphatically male enterprise and Chief Engineer George W. Goethals as the emblem of a new type of social leader, the engineer-soldier, the benevolent despot. Examining these and other images of the Panama Canal project, Seaway to the Future shows how they reflected popular attitudes toward an evolving modern world and, no less important, helped shape those perceptions.
Call Number: F1569.C2M57 2008
Publication Date: 2008
The Statesman and the Storyteller by Mark ZwonitzerJohn Hay, famous as Lincoln's private secretary and later as secretary of state under presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, and Samuel Langhorne Clemens, famous for being 'Mark Twain, ' grew up fifty miles apart, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the same rural antebellum stew of race and class and want. This shared history helped draw them together when they first met as up-and-coming young men in the late 1860s, and their mutual admiration never waned in spite of sharp differences in personality, in worldview, and in public conduct. In The Statesman and the Storyteller, the last decade of their lives plays out against the tumultuous events of the day, as the United States government begins to aggressively pursue a policy of imperialism, overthrowing the duly elected queen of Hawaii; violently wresting Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines away from Spain, and then from the islands' inhabitants; and finally encouraging and supporting a revolution to clear a path for the building of the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal. Rich in detail, The Statesman and the Storyteller provides indelible portraits of public figures such as Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge. Stunning in its relevance, it explores the tactics of and attitudes behind America's earliest global policies and their influence on U.S. actions for all the years to follow. But ultimately it is the very human rendering of Clemens and Hay that distinguishes Zwonitzer's work, providing profound insights into the lives of two men who helped shape and define their era"
Battle for Panama by Edward M. FlanaganOn the morning of December 20, 1989, US Army, Navy, Air, and Marine forces attacked Panamanian forces commanded by Manuel Noriega. Operation Just Cause was a lightning strike that had many of the characteristics of Desert Storm more than a year later. This book examines in detail the planning and ex
Call Number: F1567.F57 1993
Publication Date: 1993
Operation Just Cause by Thomas Donnelly; Margaret Roth; Caleb BakerBecause of the diffidence and inexperience generalist journalists often bring to reporting a military event, the nuts-and-bolts mechanics of "taking down" Noriega and his Panama Defense Force was barely a story at all. Aside from articles on the baptisms of fire for the Stealth fighter and a female MP, the choreography of the nocturnal assault and ensuing firefights was usually lost in reporting on the propriety of using force and its aftermath. Rectifying the lapse is this trio of defense correspondents, who offer a platoon-level reconstruction of what actually happened on December 20, 1989, from the American soldier's point of view. Twenty-three of them died, and for the remainder who parachuted from planes and assaulted roadblocks and buildings, squeezing off magazines on the fly, the fighting "got real personal real quick," as one soldier said. Having interviewed hundreds of participants, from four-stars to privates, these writers stitch together an account that falls between the crazy quilt of personal tales of fear and bravery and the more uniform fabric of the overall planning and successful execution of the invasion. A useful pairing with treatments of the political context, such as Divorcing the Dictator by Kempe or The Commanders by Woodward. ~--Gilbert Taylor
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Panama by Kevin BuckleyBuckley takes the story of Panamanian politics from the 1985 assassination of opposition leader-in-exile Hugo Spadafora by military ~forces under the control of General Manuel Noriega down through Noriega's own downfall at the hands of an American invasion force ordered by President Bush in 1990. Buckley tends to paint his players in black and white and to brush on his descriptions with the violent colors of expose journalese; since it's not a particularly pretty picture that's being sketched out, the vivid caricatures can be forgiven. Buckley also examines the U.S.-Panama connection on the Irangate front and the Nicaraguan revolution, the author relating how the U.S. first supported Noriega despite his crime and drug connections. There is lots of juicy detail here on who was responsible and who may have known what was really happening in Central America. Chronology, notes, and bibliography. ~--John Brosnahan
Must see places of the world. Disc 6, Scenic cruises of the world by Reader's DigestSet sail to the majestic Americas, romantic Europe, and exotic islands. Visit Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, the Caribbean, Guatemala, the Panama Canal, Big Sur, Alaska, Norway, Scotland, the Rhine, France, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Greece, the Nile, Chile, Easter Island, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and Hawaii.
Call Number: DVD G540.M87 2009
Publication Date: 2009
The Big Picture: Soldier in PanamaHere is the story about the men on duty in Panama—one of the Western Hemisphere’s most critical defense areas. Viewers will see some of the more unusual aspects of life in Panama, from the new university near Panama City to the ruins of the Church of San Domingo, where the exploits of the buccaneer Sir Henry Morgan are recalled. This episode of the U.S. Army’s The Big Picture television series from the National Archives and Records Administration spotlights the vital mission of the United States forces shown in this program: protecting one of our country’s most important outposts, indispensable to our defenses and to the collective security of the Americas. This is the mission of the “Soldier in Panama.”
Panama's Role in the Drug Trade: Dan Rather ReportsAs Panama’s economy sizzles, the tiny country is being is threatened by the same lethal mix of guns, drugs and dirty money that has brought chaos elsewhere in Central America. And the U.S. government has taken notice. Plus, an interview on the state of journalism and technology with literary giant Gay Talese.
Jungle: How Nature WorksThis program tackles one of the biggest puzzles about the world’s rain forests: why do they hold such a bewildering variety of life? The quest for an answer begins in Panama, where it is not unusual to spot more than 300 bird species in a single day. The video then goes to Borneo to show how the orangutan and the forest elephant are crucial in protecting the jungle’s biodiversity. Ending in the Amazon, viewers witness a truly amazing web of relationships centered around the Brazil nut tree, which depends on orchids, orchid bees, and the agouti for its existence. A BBC Production. Part of the series How Nature Works. (48 minutes) A BBC Production.
The Panama CanalWhen French engineer Ferdinand de Lesseps returned triumphantly to Paris after completing the Suez Canal in 1869, he was hailed as a national hero. Thousands raced to invest in his next, even bolder scheme: to build a great canal across Panama. His dream would cut a swathe across the South American continent and unite the vast oceans of the Atlantic and Pacific. Fortunes seemed assured as shipping would no longer have to face the terrors of Cape Horn to sail from one side of America to another. In 1879, the Paris Geographical Society set up a committee to investigate how best to turn the plan into reality. After a series of disasters, the dream of the Panama Canal evaporated. Ruined and disgraced, Ferdinand died, in shame and quite insane, in 1894. Four years later, as America headed to war with Spain, its Navy’s first and only real battleship, USS Oregon, took 67 days to get from San Francisco via Cape Horn to the Caribbean. By the time it finally reached its destination, the war was practically over. Roosevelt needed little convincing. The idea of the Panama Canal was reborn. By 1914, the canal was finally opened—the greatest engineering feat the world had seen. And in France, De Lesseps son, Charles, at last saw his father’s name restored to honor and his own reputation cleared.
Old Panama City, Panama: 500 Years of Good BusinessFounded in 1519 by the conquistador Pedrarías Dávila, Panamá Viejo is the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. It was laid out on a rectilinear grid and marks the transference from Europe of the idea of a planned town. Abandoned in the mid-17th century, it was replaced by a "new town" (the "Historic District"), which has also preserved its original street plan, its architecture and an unusual mixture of Spanish, French and early American styles. The Salón Bolívar was the venue for the unsuccessful attempt made by El Libertador in 1826 to establish a multinational continental congress.
Colombia and Panama: Globe TrekkerThis Globe Trekker video follows Megan McCormick through Colombia and Panama, starting in Panama City’s Plaza de la Independencia where Panama twice declared its independence, first from the Spanish and later from Greater Colombia. She samples roasted plantain, visits the famous Panama Canal, and stops in a region of the San Blas archipelago belonging to the semi-autonomous indigenous group, the Kuna, before traveling to South America and into Colombia. In Bogotá she checks into the famous Platypus hostel. Colombia struggles with rebel groups and drug-trafficking, and Megan goes to see Miguel Caballero’s bullet proof clothing collection and pops into the local Police Museum to see an exhibition about famous drug dealer Pablo Escobar. She tours a coca plantation, learns about colonial history in Cartagena, and treks up the mountainous slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in search of the Lost City of The Tayrona.
Panama: Rights & Wrongs—Human Rights TelevisionFeaturing American journalist and NPR and PBS foreign correspondent, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, this classic program examines human rights in the nation of Panama. Part of the series Rights & Wrongs: Human Rights Television. Original broadcast title:: Panama, Show #119.
Workers Build the Panama CanalThe 1900 Hay-Pauncefote Treaty authorized construction of a U.S.-controlled canal through Central America, which would drastically reduce travel time between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. To build the canal, workers used specially-adapted equipment that had originally been designed for the railroad industry. Construction of the Panama Canal began in 1904 and was completed ten years later.
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