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For the record

December 18, 2006

Dr. John E. Stealey III, Distinguished Professor of History at Shepherd University, has published his third book, "Porte Crayon's Mexico: David Hunter Strother's Diaries in the Early Porfirian Era, 1879-1885."

In this book, Stealey introduces, explains, and edits the Mexican volumes of the David Hunter Strother diaries creating the first primary-source material on the subject.

In his diaries, Strother, also known by his pen name Porte Crayon, writes of his observations of Mexican society, life, and politics as he worked as U.S. consul general in Mexico City.

By mastering the Spanish language, Strother was able to make contacts and have experiences that encompassed all classes of Mexican society, allowing him to make observations beyond politics and economics. He explored and made notes about the land, the people, individual lives, and historical events.

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"Porte Crayon's Mexico" is filled with anecdotes, characterizations of key figures of the time, and observations concerning Mexico's modernization process.

Stealey is the author of numerous articles and essays about the Virginias, southern Appalachia, and 19th-century America and has published "Kanawhan Prelude to Nineteenth-Century Monopoly in the United States: The Virginia Salt Combinations" and "The Antebellum Kanawha Salt Business and Western Markets."

For more information or to purchase the book, visit http://upress.kent.edu/books/Stealey.htm.

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