Reading List

Preliminary Reading List

Background readings (required):

Jan Knippers Black, “Introduction: Understanding the Persistence of Inequity,” in Latin America, its Problems and its Promise a Multidisciplinary Introduction, 4th ed., ed. Jan Knippers Black (Boulder Colo.: Westview Press, 2005), 1-20.

Chasteen, John Charles. Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America, 2d ed. New York: Norton, 2006.

Galeano, Eduardo. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1998.

Wade, Peter. Race and Ethnicity in Latin America. London. Chicago, Ill: Pluto Press, 1997.


Adams, Richard Newbold. Cultural Surveys of Panama – Nicaragua – Guatemala – El Salvador -Honduras. Pan American Sanitary Bureau: Scientific publications (Pan American Sanitary Bureau), no. 33. Washington: Pan American Sanitary Bureau, Regional office of the World Health Organization, 1957.

Anderson, Charles L. G. Old Panama and Castilla del Oro. Washington: Press of the Sudwarth Co, 1911.

Anguizola, Gustave A. Philippe Bunau-Varilla: The man behind the Panama Canal. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1980.

Balf, Todd. The Darkest Jungle: The true story of the Darién expedition and America’s ill-fated race to connect the seas. New York: Crown Publishers, 2003.

Barry, Tom and others. Inside Panama. Albuquerque, N.M: Resource Center Press, 1995.

Biesanz, John Berry and Mavis Hiltunen Biesanz. The People of Panama. New York: Columbia University Press, 1955.

* Bourgois, Philippe I. Ethnicity at Work: Divided labor on a Central American banana plantation. Johns Hopkins studies in Atlantic history and culture. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

Briggs, Clarence E. Operation Just Cause Panama, December 1989: a soldier’s eyewitness account. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, c1990.

* Conniff, Michael L. Black Labor on a White Canal: Panama, 1904-1981. Pitt Latin American series. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985.

+ ________. Panama and the United States: The forced alliance, 2d ed. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001.

________. “Panama since 1903.” In The Cambridge History of Latin America, vol. 7, Latin American since 1930: Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, ed. Leslie Bethell, 603-42. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

* Daley, Mercedes Chen. “The Watermelon Riot: Culutral encounters in Panama City, April 15, 1856.” Hispanic American Historical Review 70, no. 1 (February 1990): 85-108.

Dinges, John. Our Man in Panama: The Shrewd Rise and Brutal Fall of Manuel Noriega. New York: Times Books/Random House, 1991.

Ealy, Lawrence O. The Republic of Panama in World Affairs, 1903-1950. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1970, 1951.

________. Yanqui Politics and the Isthmian Canal. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1971.

Earle, Peter. The Sack of Panamá: Captain Morgan and the battle for the Caribbean, 1st U.S. ed ed. New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2007.

* Firestone, Matthew D. Lonely Planet Panama. Hawthorn, Vic: Lonely Planet, 2007.

+ Gardiner, C. Harvey. “The Latin-American Japanese and World War II.” In Japanese Americans, from relocation to redress, ed. Roger Daniels and others, 142-45. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991.

Greene, Graham. Getting to Know the General: The story of an involvement. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984.

* Greene, Julie. The Canal Builders: Making America’s empire at the Panama Canal. The Penguin history of American life: Penguin history of American life. New York: Penguin Press, 2009.

+ Guardia Boner, Elida. “Panama.” In The Greenwood encyclopedia of women’s issues worldwide. Central and South America, ed. Lynn Walter and Amy Lind, eds. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2003.

Harding, Robert C. The History of Panama. Greenwood histories of the modern nations. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Herlihy, Peter H. “Panama’s Quiet Revolution: Comarca Homelands and Indian Rights.” Cultural Survival Quarterly 13, no. 3 (1989): 17-24.

Howarth, David Armine. Panama: Four hundred years of dreams and cruelty. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966.

Howe, James. “An Ideological Triangle: The Struggle over San Blas Kuna Culture, 1915-1925.” In Nation-States and Indians in Latin America, ed. Greg Urban and Joel Sherzer, 19-52. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1991.

________. Chiefs, Scribes, and Ethnographers: Kuna culture from inside and out. The William & Bettye Nowlin series in art, history, and culture of the Western Hemisphere. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.

________. The Kuna Gathering: Contemporary village politics in Panama. Latin American monographs (University of Texas at Austin. Institute of Latin American Studies), no. 67. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986.

+ ________. “The Kuna of Panama: Continuing threats to land and autonomy.” In The Politics of Ethnicity: Indigenous Peoples in Latin American States, ed. David Maybury-Lewis, 81-106. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Distributed by Harvard University Press, 2002.

* ________. A People Who Would Not Kneel: Panama, the United States, and the San Blas Kuna. Smithsonian series in ethnography inquiry. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998.

Independent Commission of Inquiry on the U.S. Invasion of Panama. The U.S. Invasion of Panama: The truth behind operation ‘Just Cause’. Boston: South End Press, 1991.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Organization of American States. Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Panama. OEA/Ser.L/V/II.44: OAS official records. Washington: General Secretariat, Organization of American States, 1989.

Kempe, Frederick. Divorcing the Dictator: America’s bungled affair with Noriega. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1990.

Knapp, Herbert and Mary Knapp. Red, White, and Blue Paradise: The American Canal Zone in Panama. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984.

Koster, R. M and Guillermo Sánchez Borbón. In the Time of the Tyrants: Panama, 1968-1989. New York: W.W. Norton, 1990.

* LaFeber, Walter. The Panama Canal: The crisis in historical perspective, Updated ed ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Léger, Marie. “Kuna Government Autonomy in Panama.” In Aboriginal Peoples: Toward self-government, ed. Marie Léger, 93-120. Montréal, New York: Black Rose Books, 1994.

* Lindsay-Poland, John. Emperors in the Jungle: The hidden history of the U.S. in Panama. American
encounters/global interactions. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

Major, John. “The Panama Canal Zone, 1904-1979.” In The Cambridge History of Latin America, vol. 7, Latin American since 1930: Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, ed. Leslie Bethell, 643-70. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

________. Prize Possession: The United States and the Panama Canal, 1903-1979. Cambridge England, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Maney, Gregory M. “Rival Transnational Networks and Indigenous Rights: The San Blas Kuna in Panama and the Yanomami in Brazil.” In Political opportunities, social movements and democratization, ed. Patrick G. Coy. Amsterdam, New York: JAI, 2001.

* McCullough, David G. The Path Between the Seas: The creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1977.

* McGuinness, Aims. Path of Empire: Panama and the California Gold Rush. The United States in the world. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008.

+ ________. “Searching for ‘Latin America’: Race and Sovereignty in the Americas in the 1850s.” In Race and Nation in Modern Latin America , ed. Nancy P. Appelbaum, Anne S. Macpherson, and Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt, eds., 87-107. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

+ McPherson, Alan. “From “Punks” to Geopoliticians: U. S. and Panamanian Teenagers and the 1964 Canal Zone Riots.” The Americas 58, no. 3 (January 2002): 395-418.

McPherson, Alan L. Yankee no! anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American relations. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Mellander, Gustavo A and Nelly Maldonado Mellander. Charles Edward Magoon, the Panama years. Río Piedras, P.R: Editorial Plaza Mayor, 1999.

Murillo, Luis E. The Noriega Mess: The drugs, the canal, and why America invaded. Berkeley, Calif: Video-Books, 1995.

* Newton, Velma. The Silver Men: West Indian labour migration to Panama, 1850-1914, Rev. ed. Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle, 2004.

Noriega, Manuel Antonio and Peter Eisner. America’s Prisoner: The memoirs of Manuel Noriega. New York: Random House, 1997.

Pearcy, Thomas L. We Answer Only to God: Politics and the military in Panama, 1903-1947. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998.

Perrin, Michel and Deke Dusinberre. Magnificent Molas: The art of the Kuna Indians: Tule omegan weliwar itogedi = In homage to Kuna women. Paris: Flammarion. Arthaud, 1999.

Phillipps Collazos, Sharon. Labor and Politics in Panama: The Torrijos years. Westview special studies on Latin America and the Caribbean. Boulder: Westview Press, 1991.

Pérez, Orlando J. Post-invasion Panama: The challenges of democratization in the New World Order. Lanham, Md: Lexington Books, 2000.

+ Priestley, George and Alberto Barrow. “The Black Movement in Panama: A Historical and Political Interpretation, 1994-2004.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture & Society 10, no. 3 (July-September 2008): 227-55.

* Robinson, William Francis. “Panama for the Panamanians: The Populism of Arnulfo Arias Madrid.” In Populism in Latin America, ed. Michael L Conniff. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1999.

Ropp, Steve C. “Panama and the Canal.” In Latin America, its problems and its promise a multidisciplinary introduction, ed. Jan Knippers Black, ed. Boulder Colo.: Westview Press, 2005.

________. “Panama: New Politics for a New Millennium?” In Latin American politics and development, ed. Howard J Wiarda and Harvey F Kline, 550-64. Boulder, Colo: Westview Press, 2007.

________. Panamanian Politics: From Guarded Nation to National Guard. Politics in Latin America. New York, N.Y, Stanford, Calif: Praeger. Hoover Institution Press, 1982.

* Rudolf, Gloria. Panama’s Poor: Victims, agents, and historymakers. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999.

+ Salvador, Mari Lyn. “Kuna Women’s Arts: Molas, meaning and markets.” In Crafting Gender: Women and folk art in Latin America and the Caribbean, ed. Eli Bartra. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003.

Sánchez, Peter Michael. Panama lost? U.S. hegemony, democracy, and the Canal. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007.

Scranton, Margaret E. The Noriega Years: U.S.-Panamanian relations, 1981-1990. Boulder, Colo: L. Rienner Publishers, 1991.

Sherzer, Joel. Kuna Ways of Speaking: An ethnographic perspective. Texas linguistics series. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1983.

* Tice, Karin Elaine. Kuna Crafts, Gender, and the Global Economy. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995.

+ Wickstrom, Stefanie. “The Politics of Development in Indigenous Panama.” Latin American Perspectives 30, no. 4 (131) (July 2003): 43-68.

Weeks, John and Phil Gunson. Panama: Made in the USA. London. New York, NY: Latin American Bureau. Distribution in North America by Monthly Review Press, 1991.

Zimbalist, Andrew S and John Weeks. Panama at the Crossroads: Economic development and political change in the twentieth century. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.

* Recommended
+ Required (tentative)

Primary sources:

Foreign Relations of the United States. Washington, U.S.: Govt. Print. Off., published since 1861.

Kuna. New Haven, Conn. : Human Relations Area Files, 1998-.

Princeton University Libraries Latin American microfilm collection. Supplement 2, Women and gender issues in Latin America. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Library, 1999 (reel 5. Miscellaneous publications (1987) ; File 14. Panama)