Hard Places: Reading the Landscape of America's Historic Mining Districts
Richard V. Francaviglia
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Publisher:University of Iowa Press
Editor:Wayne Franklin
Place Published:Iowa City
Genre:mining History
Series:American Land and Life Series
Subjects: Business/Economics, History: American, Other Specific Technologies, Economics, finance, business & management, Industry & industrial studies, Mining technology & engineering, History - U.S., Business & Economics, Industries - General, Mining, History / United States / General, NATURE / Natural Resources, Natural Resources, United States - General, Human ecology - United States - History, Mineral industries - Environmental aspects - United States - History, Mines and mineral resources - United States - History

Summary: "Richard V. Francaviglia's "Hard Places: Reading the Landscape of America's Historic Mining Districts" is a well-written and concise treatment of a largely ignored facet of American history and economic development. The author, a Professor of History at University of Texas at Arlington, is clearly an expert in the field and passionate about the subject. Good editing and construction are evident in this University of Iowa production (I am reviewing the hardback version). The book is richly illustrated with black and white photos and numerous maps. Some of the maps are ineffective due to poor reproduction. The book is useful for research with its extensive notes and bibliography. It fills an important gap in the literature and if you are interested in the history of mining towns and how they were shaped, this is an excellent place to begin."