A Social History of Mexico's Railroads: Peons, Prisoners, and Priests (Jaguar Books on Latin America)
By: Teresa Van Hoy (author)Hardback
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Largely absent from our history books is the social history of railroad development in nineteenth-century Mexico, which promoted rapid economic growth that greatly benefited elites but also heavily impacted rural and provincial Mexican residents in communities traversed by the rails. In this beautifully written and original book, Teresa Van Hoy connects foreign investment in Mexico, largely in railroad development, with its effects on the people living in the isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico's region of greatest ethnic diversity.
Teresa Van Hoy is assistant professor of history at St. Mary's University.
Introduction Chapter 1: Twelve Hours on a Train Rather Than Twelve Days on a Litter: Independence and Isolation Chapter 2: Thatched Huts, Cactus Fences, and Crops Unplanted: Railroads and Land-Southern Mexico Chapter 3: From Convicts and Conscripts to Payroll Crews: Labor on the Railroads-From Unpaid to Well Paid Chapter 4: Wood, Lime, and Crushed Rock: Labor on the Railroads-Beyond the Payroll Chapter 5: Pilgrimages, Mangos, and Medicine: Railroad Services-Formal and Informal Chapter 6: Inspectors, Inaugurations, and Public Bulletins: Authoritarian Policies-Mellowed and Manipulated Conclusion
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