Silver Veins, Dusty Lungs: Mining, Water, and Public Health in Zacatecas, 1835-1946

Rocio Gomez

Date: Monday, Nov 14, 2022

Start time: Noon

Location: via Zoom

Audience: Free and open to the public

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In Mexico, environmental struggles have been fought since the nineteenth century in such places as Zacatecas, where United States and European mining interests have come into open conflict with rural and city residents over water access, environmental health concerns, and disease compensation.

In Silver Veins, Dusty Lungs, Rocío Gomez examines the detrimental effects of the silver mining industry on water resources and public health in the city of Zacatecas and argues that the human labor necessary to the mining industry made the worker and the mine inseparable through the land, water, and air.

Sponsor(s): Humanities Research Center, History Department

Event contact: Rani Sisavath, sisavathr@vcu.edu