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By William E. French

The mining increase that all started in northern Mexico within the Nineties set in movement basic social swap. at the one hand it uprooted many employees, and the troubles of presidency officers, middle-class, reformers, and corporate managers coalesced into legislation and courses to manage the stressed plenty. yet adjustments within the mining economic climate and political tradition additionally caused type cognizance between retailers and artisans in addition to expert and unskilled employees. This examine of the Hidalgo mining district in Chihuahua from the Nineties to the Nineteen Twenties examines category formation, specifically its relation to social regulate, renowned values, and pre-industrial traditions. In arguing that classification identification stemmed much less from the character of one's paintings than from the ideals one held, this paintings brings jointly the disparate subject matters of ethical economic climate of mine staff, new mining expertise, and the administration coverage of mine vendors throughout the Mexican Revolution.

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I can think of no one I would rather have had supervise my dissertation than Alan Knight, and I am grateful for his quick responses and insightful comments on my work at that stage. I also thank the staff of the Benson Latin American Collection, an institution that seemed like a home away from home for a number of years. Above all, though, my greatest debt is to those with whom I lived the experience of graduate schoolespecially Frank de la Teja and José Fernández. I miss our conversations. Page viii A University Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin provided funds for research in archival collections in Mexico and the United States.

In Hidalgo District, the local paper, El Hijo del Parral, condemned the iron chains of the great trust that seemed to have shackled the local mining industry. 16 Rather than lead smelters, however, it was the introduction of a new technology for processing ore that eventually led to a renewal of mining activity in northern Mexico generally and Hidalgo District in particular. 17 The process worked by crushing ore into a powder, adding water and cyanide, and then agitating the mixture until the cyanide formed a compound with the gold and silver particles.

In addition to accommodation, she offered good humor and an introduction to almost everyone in town. Rosa María Arroyo Duarte has also long been involved in organizing and carrying out research in Parral's archives. She facilitates my use of the archives each time I work there. Municipal authorities from a number of administrations have also supported the project of rescuing and archiving numerous district and judicial collections. Page ix The first draft of this manuscript was written in Logan, Utah, where the Department of History provided a secret office in the Utah State University Press facility to a junior faculty member in hopes that he would finish his dissertation.

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