Reflections on Extraction 1: Mining the Invisible

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  1. Jessica Sewell says:

    Andrew Johnston’s “Mercury and the Making of California: Mining, Landscape, and Race, 1840-1890” has a chapter on underground mining landscapes and how they reflect the organization of labor, racial relations, and changing geological science.

    • Andy Davey says:


      Thanks for the book suggestion – Johnston’s work looks really interesting. I’d be curious to see how his analysis of underground mining landscapes and social relations compares to another book I’m familiar with, Killing for Coal by Thomas Andrews. Andrews provides a fascinating exploration of relations between workers, mice, mules, toxic and explosive gases, and rock formations.

      Andy Davey

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