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        Panama Canal - Photo Gallery: Working on the Panama Canal

        The life of workers in the Canal Zone was filled with hardships: constant rain, backbreaking work, racial tensions between West Indian and white laborers, and the constant fear of debilitating illnesses such as yellow fever or malaria. Early working conditions were so harsh that nearly all skilled American workers deserted within a year. This photo gallery provides a look into the everyday life of the people that lived and worked on the canal from 1904 to 1914. View the gallery from American Experience: "Panama Canal."

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