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The Zoot-Suit Riots: The Psychology of Symbolic Annihilation

by Mauricio Mazón

Los Angeles, the summer of 1943. For ten days in June, Anglo servicemen and civilians clashed in the streets of the city with young Mexican Americans whose fingertip coats and pegged, draped trousers announced...


Here, Our Culture Is Hard: Stories of  Domestic Violence from a Mayan Community in Belize

by Laura McClusky

Marriage among the Maya of Central America is a model of complementarity between a man and a woman. This union demands mutual respect and mutual service. Yet some husbands beat their wives.In this pioneering...


States of Nature: Science, Agriculture, and Environment in the Spanish Caribbean, 1760-1940

by Stuart George McCook

The process of nation-building in Latin America transformed the relations between the state, the economy, and nature. Between 1760 and 1940, the economies of most countries in the Spanish Caribbean came to depend...


Cuba--Going Back

by Tony Mendoza

Imagine being unable to return to your homeland for thirty-six years. What would you do if you finally got a chance to go back?In 1996, after travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba were relaxed,...


The Kin Who Count: Family and Society in Ottoman Aleppo, 1770-1840

by Margaret L. Meriwether

The history of the Middle Eastern family presents as many questions as there are currently answers. Who lived together in the household? Who married whom and for how long? Who got a piece of the patrimonial...


Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes

by Judy Mielke

For gardeners who want to conserve water, the color, fragrance, shade, and lush vegetation of a traditional garden may seem like a mirage in the desert. But such gardens can flourish when native plants grow...


The Theater of Plautus: Playing to the Audience

by Timothy J. Moore

The relationship between actors and spectators has been of perennial interest to playwrights. The Roman playwright Plautus (ca. 200 BCE) was particularly adept at manipulating this relationship. Plautus allowed...


Architecture and Its Sculpture in Viceregal Mexico

by Robert J. Mullen

From monumental cathedrals to simple parish churches, perhaps as many as 100,000 churches and civic buildings were constructed in Mexico during the viceregal or colonial period (1535-1821). Many of these structures...


Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World: The Serial Stelae Cycle of "18-Rabbit-God K," King of Copan

by Elizabeth A. Newsome

Assemblies of rectangular stone pillars, or stelae, fill the plazas and courts of ancient Maya cities throughout the lowlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and western Honduras. Mute testimony to state...


Now You Hear My Horn: The Journal of James Wilson Nichols

by James Wilson Nichols & Catherine W. McDowell

Jim Nichols was a lively, vigorous frontiersman who came to Texas about the time of its Revolution. As with many men of that day, Nichols' formal education was lacking, but he was a born writer with a vivid...


Screen Couple Chemistry: The Power of 2

by Martha P. Nochimson

Astaire and Rogers, Tracy and Hepburn. Just the mention of their names evokes the powerful chemistry between these screen couples, which utterly transcended the often formulaic films in which they appeared together....


Giving Voice to Stones: Place and Identity in Palestinian Literature

by Barbara McKean Parmenter

"A struggle between two memories" is how Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish describes the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Within this struggle, the meanings of land and home have been challenged and...


Torah Today: A Renewed Encounter with Scripture

by Pinchas H. Peli & Harold M. Schulweis

The central element of Jewish worship is the yearly cycle of reading the first five books of the Bible, the Five Books of Moses, called the Torah in Hebrew. Torah Today, a compilation of fifty-four essays that...


Let me tell you what I've learned: Texas Wisewomen Speak

by PJ Pierce & Liz Carpenter

Barbara Jordan spoke for many Texas women when she told a reporter, "I get from the soil and spirit of Texas the feeling that I, as an individual, can accomplish whatever I want to, and that there are no limits,...


Trees & Shrubs of the Trans-Pecos and Adjacent Areas

by A. Michael Powell

First published by the Big Bend Natural History Association in 1988 as Trees & Shrubs of Trans-Pecos Texas, this book is the only keyed guide to the more than 400 species of woody plants native to the Trans-Pecos...


LBJ and Mexican Americans: The Paradox of Power

by Julie Leininger Pycior

As he worked to build his Great Society, Lyndon Johnson often harkened back to his teaching days in the segregated "Mexican" school at Cotulla, Texas. Recalling the poverty and prejudice that blighted his students'...


Wings over the Mexican Border: Pioneer Military Aviation in the Big Bend

by Kenneth Baxter Ragsdale

Against a backdrop of revolution, border banditry, freewheeling aerial dramatics, and World War II comes this compelling look at the rise of U.S. combat aviation at an unlikely proving ground-a remote airfield...


Satan's Stones

by Moniru Ravanipur, Persis Karim & M. R. Ghanoonparvar

Women writers occupy prominent positions in contemporary Iranian literature, despite the increased legal and cultural restrictions placed upon women since the 1978-1979 Islamic Revolution. One of these writers...


La Gran Línea: Mapping the United States - Mexico Boundary, 1849-1857

by Paula Rebert

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo, which officially ended the U.S.-Mexican War in 1848, cost Mexico half its territory, while the United States gained land that became California, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and parts...


The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock: New Edition

by Jan Reid & Scott Newton

Musical magic hit Austin, Texas, in the early 1970s. At now-legendary venues such as Threadgill's, Vulcan Gas Company, and the Armadillo World Headquarters, a host of country, rock-and-roll, blues, and folk...