New PDF release: A Peaceful and Working People: Manners, Morals, and Class

By William E. French

ISBN-10: 0826316832

ISBN-13: 9780826316837

The mining increase that started in northern Mexico within the Nineties set in movement basic social switch. 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 regulate the stressed plenty. yet alterations within the mining economic system and political tradition additionally triggered type recognition between retailers and artisans in addition to expert and unskilled employees. This examine of the Hidalgo mining district in Chihuahua from the Eighteen Nineties to the Nineteen Twenties examines category formation, particularly its relation to social regulate, renowned values, and pre-industrial traditions. In arguing that classification id 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 know-how, and the administration coverage of mine proprietors in the course of the Mexican Revolution.

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The Mexican state supported the moral aspirations of the middle class. In Chihuahua, state officials mandated new, more limited hours of operation for brothels and cantinas, and attempted to drive vice away from Page 6 city centers. Government representatives at the district and municipal levels regulated or closed circuses, fairs, public spaces, and popular celebrations. My study of moral reform underlines the complicated relationship that exists between power and morality. For the state, the language of moral reform had long afforded a cultural framework within which it could affirm its power and advance its claim to rule.

Chihuahua, by District, 1910 8 2. Hidalgo District 10 Page vii Acknowledgments While this acknowledgment reads a little like the story of my life, I, nevertheless, want to take this opportunity to thank many people. The journey that eventually resulted in this book began at the University of Calgary, where a fine program in Latin American history kindled my interest in Mexico. Since that time, I have enjoyed the friendship and encouragement of Chris Archer and Herman Konrad; a timely suggestion by Graham Knox helped me decide my future.

45 Accident reports for mines in Hidalgo District between 1900 and 1920 (discussed in greater detail in Chapter 5) reveal a terrible carnage. Over the long term, however, silicosis must have exacted an even greater toll in workers' lives. In the 1920s, ASARCo officials confirmed that Parral's ores were a particularly dangerous source of silica. 46 Technological Change Underground Between 1870 and 1910, within the mine itself, one age ended and another began as hand drilling with bar and sledge and blasting with black powder gave way to mining with pneumatic drill and dynamite.

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