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The Magic island / by W. B. Seabrook ; illustrated with drawings by by: Seabrook, W. B. (William Buchler), DOWNLOAD OPTIONS. Full text of "The Magic island / by W. B. Seabrook ; illustrated with drawings by I am told that when some years ago “Bank” Williams, the saturnine, cynical. Get this from a library! The magic island. [William Seabrook] -- Adventures and emotional experiences of an American author in Haiti.
This one is not intended to be a statistical immigration treatise, and still less a controversial polemic. Nor has it any pre tension towards being a technical work on sociology, politics, or economics. It pretends to show in common, closeup, personal, human terms what kind of people Americans of foreign-language origin are today, what they contribute to the American scene, how they live in the land of their adoption, how they are viewed and treated there. William Seabrook writes about a numerically enormous element in the population of the United States - certainly thirty million and maybe forty million people, including babies, grandfathers, and grownups now renamed Jones and Kelly. In a non-statistical, human-interest picture such as this intends to be the actual number of foreign-born immigrant American citizens, already close to fifteen million, is a mere nucleus for the vast, incomputable total who retain traces of their foreign language origin. All the Johns, Jakes, Tonys, Mikes, Joes, Olafs, and Evas are real people, named by their real names, and will perhaps cast more light on the picture than the various celebrities.
It also might be a comment on the veiling of the labor process in export free trade zones, and the peculiar way in which many components of trade zone work are hidden, since the product inputs as well as the market, are overseas; a fact which contrasts sharply with rural labor in say animal husbandry, or tobacco production, in which the product is linked organically to the market see White Indeed, in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, foreign technology has long attracted rumors of clandestine diabolatry.
It is like a chunk of Hoboken [New Jersey]. These rumors emerged during a period of rapid modernization, when U. These novelties, which were ill understood by the population at large, became grist for the rumor mill. The fact that they link capital accumulation with sorcery speaks to the fact that massive U.
Eusebio, a highly skilled sewer and a year veteran of the industry, was an astute observer of social relations in the trade zone. The rumor served as a kind of false consciousness.
As we make clear in the following section, the specificities of rural Dominican migrants, their experiences in urbanized trade zones, and the inter-linked histories of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as the fiduciary crisis caused by certain structural transformations at that time, all played a role Shipton It has since devolved into a mixed economy of small-scale subsistence agriculture and livestock husbandry traded by itinerant merchants to Haiti; locals also assist large-scale Dominican rice farmers from the valley of San Juan de la Maguana who sell arroz partido broken rice to Haiti.
La Manicera, the large peanut oil plant, had provided a ready market for peanut farmers, as well as steady work in processing and rare access to credit for workers, until its closure in the s. A second major blow to the area was the swine flu epidemic of , when USAID forced the extermination of all pigs on the island in an effort to avert the spread of the disease to the United States Farmer , Paravisini-Gebert The pig slaughter was a catastrophe for the poor of both Haiti and the Dominican Republic since the creole pigs were uniquely adapted to the environment and served as a crucial safety net for rural households: they cost nothing since they subsisted on garbage, their excrement served as fertilizer, and their offspring paid for school fees and medicines.
The fact that the poor of the central frontier were primarily small livestock herders made the pig eradication program disastrous for the area, as it dealt a devastating blow to small pig farmers. It must have contributed to out-migration from the region since a large number of Baniqueros started to make their way to Santiago in the s seeking jobs in the trade zone, and rooming together upon their arrival, forming a migration stream linked through webs of kinship.
Entire clans sold their houses and left in a regional chain migration from the border to Santiago. Formal wage labor in a factory setting may have been appealing due to the clear temporal bounds of a working day, which promised a formal accounting of labor time, and a set cash wage in a non-agricultural context.
Download figure as PowerPoint slide Figure 1. Photo by Lauren Derby July He started in on the shop floor as a sewer at a factory called DP, only to leave to try another seeking better wages, eventually landing at Interamericana where he rose to become a shop floor inspector Encargado de Calidad. His rapid rise was most unusual and resulted from his rather remarkable acquisition of skills, since he managed to master all the operations in the factory, becoming a skilled tailor.
In contrast to the subsistence wages back home, work in Santiago seemed well paid, and he clearly enjoyed the boarding-school feel of being away from home but living with his cousin, enjoying his autonomy and having money in his pockets, while having the comfort and support of family close by.
While this was monotonous work under the pressure of quota requirements, he and his mates injected an atmosphere of male conviviality to the shop floor. This is apparent in his tales of shop floor romance which included piropos flirtation and other provocative verbal play with female workers, as well as rounds of beers after work. He describes the phenomenon in the following way: They made these packets of clothes with rubber baskets in which they placed six or seven pairs of pants, and they always appeared bloody—sprinkled with blood, and blood was always appearing in the bathrooms.
Also, every year a person died from a fall, and once there were some night watchmen who worked at the plant at night who saw that all the plant lights would go on together at the same time, but the building was very very large. I myself saw the blood on the clothes many times, and people would say well maybe it was a rat but I said how could a rat produce all that sprinkled blood over all those packets? Because the people were terrified.
And some people got sick there and were taken outside where they died. I worked there for four years and every year one person would die but it was almost all men—only one woman died.
People started fleeing the plant—nobody wanted to work there anymore. In the end they had to eliminate the night shift because they could not staff it. Be seems to defy all U. Prospcro's rear and desires are exposed, The nanntof has already informed the reader that Roger 1S mixed rdce, from a "tinnily of mulatto robber barons" KH 48 , and that this accords him" privileged status in Haiti.
In a conversation with Papa, many contradictory and complicated kinds of racing at work in the noveL an "ex-CIA ex-sailor" in his mid-seventies KH 97 -who presumably has The illustrations tn the Rumour edition mark the interracial been in Haiti since lhe u. For effect, Papa notes that Roger's t1ther is racial markers in the descriptions of Kathy's loven;, Against the obsession "almost as white as I am" KH Other than repetitive reference to Kathy's whiteness and the daughter'S seduction.
Through the conversation with Papa, Kathy is descriptions of whiteness in the landscape, the tirst mention of racial instmcted and re-interpellated into a U. That he tells her to read a U. This statement, when taken with the on Duvalier when she returns home suggests that her trip to Haiti and her illustmlions, reinscribes the notion of Haiti as a black space --the Black sexual encounters need to be reinterpreted through a U.
This notion of a black lIaiti is based partly on U. In one scene, Acker Within the text, however, Acker is able to get at some of the describes anonymous black shapes that move through a poor section of differences ben. With no mention of race. Roger's argument with Roger, the ocean is described as a "black monster" KH Iriend Gerard is described only as "goodlooking" enough to be "an American" Kif Kathy's national status is ambivalent. The repetition of Kathy's mcial status and the marking of marked again in this comment, pointing out that she still has full access to whiteness in the landscape border on a fctishization of whiteness.
She also reframes U. In so doing, she of Haiti's blackness, that all of the men arc black. The narrator reminds us invokes a history of travel literature by U.
Americans that trades in part way through the novel tlt. Lcarning about she cunflat. American man as an expert on the Many authors have noted Acker's sympathy for Haiti and "voodoo.
These are both frequent themes in her work, and repeated again in lite Although Haiti was occupied by U. Marines rather than tlte Navy eritieal mythology that surrounds both the work and the author. Peter sailors , the figure of Papa is clearly a reference to the various forms of Wollen notes Acker's longstanding interest in what he calls "voodoo U.
Given the history nf U. However, whether Acker intended to resituate a reading of The CIA agent, the Navy sailor, and the Marine all move across national voodoo travel narratives in Kathy.
Kathy has, in some sense, become a token of voodoo literature soiL Given that this eharaclerls name is Papa, it also points to the mil italY in Acker', body of work, and the seene describing Kathy's meeting with and cultural paternalism that has justified U. The Kathy, then, works stmeturally to leave the reader at the voodoo author gives him the power of information and it is unclear whether she is doctor.
She threatens to cause a lot goods, if only in the final seene. Perhaps it makes sense that the novel is oftroublc tor one Haitian boy, warning, "I'm an American so J can do it. Sally Goes to the Circus Alone. BlackSkin, White Masks. New York: Grove Press, Like Porter's Katie, it is unclear whether afWhiteness. Minneapolis: University ofMirulesota Press, Kathy will ever retum to the U.
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