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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...


Batos, Bolillos, Pochos, and Pelados: Class and Culture on the South Texas Border

by Chad Richardson

"The Valley of South Texas," a recent joke goes, "is a great place to live. It's so close to the United States." Culturally, this borderland region is both Mexican and Anglo-American, and its people span the...


Proportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art

by Gay Robins & Ann S. Fowler

The painted and relief-cut walls of ancient Egyptian tombs and temples record an amazing continuity of customs and beliefs over nearly 3,000 years. Even the artistic style of the scenes seems unchanging, but...


Ariel

by José Enrique Rodó & Margaret Sayers Peden

First published in 1900 Uruguay, Ariel is Latin America's most famous essay on esthetic and philosophical sensibility, as well as its most discussed treatise on hemispheric relations. Though Rodó protested...


Our Lady of Guadalupe: Faith and Empowerment among Mexican-American Women

by Jeanette Rodríguez & Fr. Virgilio Elizondo

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most important religious symbol of Mexico and one of the most powerful female icons of Mexican culture. In this study, based on research done among second-generation Mexican-American...


East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio

by Richardo Romo

This is the story of the largest Mexican-American community in the United States, the city within a city known as "East Los Angeles." How did this barrio of over one million men and women-occupying an area greater...


The Illusion of Inclusion: The Untold Political Story of San Antonio, Texas

by Rodolfo Rosales

To many observers, the 1981 election of Henry Cisneros as mayor of San Antonio, Texas, represented the culminating victory in the Chicano community's decades-long struggle for inclusion in the city's political...


Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality

by Luana Ross

Luana Ross writes, "Native Americans disappear into Euro-American institutions of confinement at alarming rates. People from my reservation appeared to simply vanish and magically return. [As a child] I did...