Mining North America : An Environmental History since 1522 / George Vrtis, John R. McNeill.
- Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 
1 online resource
- Mineral industries -- Environmental aspects -- North America -- History.
- In English.
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- Over the past five hundred years, North Americans have increasingly relied on mining to produce much of their material and cultural life. From cell phones and computers to cars, roads, pipes, pans, and even wall tile, mineral-intensive products have become central to North American societies. As this process has unfolded, mining has also indelibly shaped the natural world and the human societies within it. Mountains have been honeycombed, rivers poisoned, forests leveled, and the consequences of these environmental transformations have fallen unevenly across North America. Drawing on the work of scholars from Mexico, the United States, and Canada, Mining North America examines these developments. It covers an array of minerals and geographies while bringing mining into the core debates that animate North American environmental history. Taken all together, the essays in this book make a powerful case for the centrality of mining in forging North American environments and societies.
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Introduction: Of Mines, Minerals, and North American Environmental History / Vrtis, George / McNeill, J. R.
Part One. Capitalist Transformations
1. Exhausting the Sierra Madre: Mining Ecologies in Mexico over the Longue Durée / Studnicki-Gizbert, Daviken
2. Reconstructing the Environmental History of Colonial Mining: The Real del Catorce Mining District, Northeastern New Spain/Mexico, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries / Avalos-Lozano, Antonio / Aguilar-Robledo, Miguel
Part Two. Industrial Catalysts
3. A World of Mines and Mills: Precious-Metals Mining, Industrialization, and the Nature of the Colorado Front Range / Vrtis, George
4. Consequences of the Comstock: The Remaking of Working Environments on America's Largest Silver Strike, 1859-1880 / Chester, Robert N.
5. Dust to Dust: The Colorado Coal Mine Explosion Crisis of 1910 / Andrews, Thomas G.
6. Copper and Longhorns: Material and Human Power in Montana's Smelter Smoke War, 1860-1910 / LeCain, Timothy James
7. Efficiency, Economics, and Environmentalism: Low-Grade Iron Ore Mining in the Lake Superior District, 1913-2010 / Manuel, Jeffrey T.
Part Three. Health and Environmental Justice
8. Mining the Atom: Uranium in the Twentieth-Century American West / Mogren, Eric
9. A Comparative Case Study of Uranium Mine and Mill Tailings Regulation in Canada and the United States / Mellor, Robynne
10. The Giant Mine's Long Shadow: Arsenic Pollution and Native People in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories / Sandlos, John / Keeling, Arn
11. Iron Mines, Toxicity, and Indigenous Communities in the Lake Superior Basin / Langston, Nancy
12. If the Rivers Ran South: Tar Sands and the State of the Canadian Nation / Hoffman, Steven M.
13. Quebec Asbestos: Triumph and Collapse, 1879-1983 / van Horssen, Jessica
Afterword: Mining, Memory, and History / Isenberg, Andrew C.
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 16. Mai 2019)
- McNeill, John R., editor.
Vrtis, George, editor.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1525/9780520966536 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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