El Gran Canal Channeling State Power and Modernity in Late 19th Century Mexico

Date: Time: 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
Andrews Hall Room: 228 (Dudley Bailey Library)
Additional Info: ANDR
Contact: James Garza, 402-472-2414, jgarza2@unl.edu
In 1900, the Mexican government inaugurated a massive public works project to start the new century, the Gran Canal, a drainage system designed to prevent flooding in Mexico City and control the waters of the basin’s ancient lakes.

Mexico’s authoritarian ruler Porfirio Diaz hoped the canal would finally tame nature and usher in a new era of order and progress. Dr. James Garza, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, will discuss how, ultimately, the canal signaled the beginning of the permanent environmental transformation of the basin of Mexico and foreshadowed a new era of state power and intrusion into the lives of rural Mexicans.

Presented by the Department of History.

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