More American Than America

FEW Americans abroad lead a more comfortable life, or are more self-consciously American, or engender more bitterness in their host nation than the colony of 36,000 U.S. citizens who live and work in the 553-sq.-mi. Canal Zone. Ten thousand U.S. servicemen are stationed at seven Army bases, two airfields and a naval base. Four thousand civilians work for the U.S. Government and its Panama Canal Co., tending the locks, running the railroad and providing the many services needed by a community that includes 20,000 dependents. Military personnel come and go. But the civilians are permanent fixtures. Many Zonians were...

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