Michael Donoghue on the Opening of the Panama Canal


Although it is somewhat over-shadowed by the Centenary of the “Guns of August”–the beginning of the First World War–there is another centennial being observed in 1914: the completion of the Panama Canal.  A newly tenured member of the MU history department, Michael Donoghue, is in high demand these days.  As an expert on the US impact on the canal and the canal zone, Michael has been interviewed by several media outlets, including the BBC.  He has also blogged about the anniversary of the canal opening on the website of Duke University Press, which published his first book, Borderland on the Isthmus: Race, Culture, and the Struggle for the Canal Zone.  Michael is on leave in fall 2014 conducting research on his next book-length project on the relationship between Americans and Cubans living on and near the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  You can read Michael’s blog on the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal at http://dukeupress.typepad.com/dukeupresslog/2014/08/the-100th-anniversary-of-the-opening-of-the-panama-canal.html.


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