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"Central Competitive Field": Geology and Capital in the Late Nineteenth Century American Coal Industry

Branden Adams, PhD Candidate in History
Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 26, 2017. 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
The Environmental Humanities Project
Meeting Description: 

Branden Adams will present research from his dissertation, in which he argues that the fossil fuel economy of late nineteenth century America took its shape as a result of the geology of Appalachian and midwestern coal seams. But the way that Americans came to understand and also shape their relationship to this geology and its attendant social relations was contingent on business and other social forces. Discussion to follow.

Branden Adams is a PhD candidate studying United States History. He focuses on the history of energy, political economy, and race. His dissertation examines how late 19th century Americans used coal and what they thought coal contributed to their economy. He is also interested in the history of policing and its relationship to the development of the American state.

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