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Mayan Voices for Human Rights: Displaced Catholics in Highland Chiapas

by Christine Kovic

In the last decades of the twentieth century, thousands of Mayas were expelled, often violently, from their homes in San Juan Chamula and other highland communities in Chiapas, Mexico, by fellow Mayas allied...


Gay as a Grig: Memories of a North Texas Girlhood

by Ellen Bowie Holland

Ellen Bowie Holland grew up in a house at Weatherford, Texas, that had the "motherly look of a large and gallant hen hovering over too many chicks" and that was inhabited by a "lively, warm-hearted family."...


The British Soldier in America: A Social History of Military Life in the Revolutionary Period

by Sylvia R. Frey

In her investigation of the social history of the common British soldier in the era of the American Revolution, Sylvia Frey has extensively surveyed recruiting records, contemporary training manuals, statutes,...


The Cross Timbers: Memories of a North Texas Boyhood

by Edward Everett Dale & John Biggers

The activities of a young boy on a small farm in the Texas Cross Timbers during the 1880s seem especially distant today. No one can remember the adventure of a sixteen-and-a-half-mile journey, which consumed...


The Compensations of War: The Diary of an Ambulance Driver During the Great War

by Guy Emerson, Jr. Bowerman & Mark C. Carnes

In 1917, shortly after the United States' declaration of war on Germany, Guy Emerson Bowerman, Jr., enlisted in the American army's ambulance service. Like other young ambulance drivers-Hemingway, Dos Passos,...


Reclaiming a Plundered Past: Archaeology and Nation Building in Modern Iraq

by Magnus T. Bernhardsson

The looting of the Iraqi National Museum in April of 2003 provoked a world outcry at the loss of artifacts regarded as part of humanity's shared cultural patrimony. But though the losses were unprecedented in...


LBJ and Vietnam: A Different Kind of War

by George C. Herring, James E. Anderson & Emmette S. Redford

Decades later, the Vietnam War remains a divisive memory for American society. Partisans on all sides still debate why the war was fought, how it could have been better fought, and whether it could have been...


Amazon Town TV: An Audience Ethnography in Gurupa, Brazil

by Richard Pace & Brian P. Hinote

In 1983, anthropologist Richard Pace began his fieldwork in the Amazonian community of Gurupá one year after the first few television sets arrived. On a nightly basis, as the community's electricity was turned...


Living with Lupus: Women and Chronic Illness in Ecuador

by Ann Miles

Once associated only with the wealthy and privileged in Latin America, lifelong illnesses are now emerging among a wider cross section of the population as an unfortunate consequence of growing urbanization...


Rotten Boroughs, Political Thickets, and Legislative Donnybrooks: Redistricting in Texas

by Gary A. Keith

Every ten years, the Texas legislature redistricts itself and the state's congressional districts in an attempt to ensure equality in representation. With a richly textured cultural fabric, Texas often experiences...


The Texas Supreme Court: A Narrative History, 1836-1986

by James L. Haley

"Few people realize that in the area of law, Texas began its American journey far ahead of most of the rest of the country, far more enlightened on such subjects as women's rights and the protection of debtors."...


Undocumented Dominican Migration

by Frank Graziano

Undocumented Dominican Migration is the first comprehensive study of boat migration from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. It brings together the interactive global, cultural, and personal factors that...


The Great Texas Wind Rush: How George Bush, Ann Richards, and a Bunch of Tinkerers Helped the Oil and Gas State Win the Race to Wind Power

by Kate Galbraith & Asher Price

In the late 1990s, West Texas was full of rundown towns and pumpjacks, aging reminders of the oil rush of an earlier era. Today, the towns are thriving as 300-foot-tall wind turbines tower above those pumpjacks....


From the Republic of the Rio Grande: A Personal History of the Place and the People

by Beatriz de la Garza

The Republic of the Rio Grande had a brief and tenuous existence (1838-1840) before most of it was reabsorbed by Mexico and the remainder annexed by the United States, yet this region that straddles the Rio...


Writing the Story of Texas

by Patrick L. Cox & Kenneth E., Jr. Hendrickson

The history of the Lone Star state is a narrative dominated by larger-than-life personalities and often-contentious legends, presenting interesting challenges for historians. Perhaps for this reason, Texas has...


Living with Oil: Promises, Peaks, and Declines on Mexico's Gulf Coast

by Lisa Breglia

For decades, Mexico has been one of the world's top non-OPEC oil exporters, but since the 2004 peak and subsequent decline of the massive offshore oilfield-Cantarell-the prospects for the country have worsened....


Our House in the Clouds: Building a Second Life in the Andes of Ecuador

by Judy Blankenship

While many baby boomers are downsizing to a simpler retirement lifestyle, photographer and writer Judy Blankenship and her husband Michael Jenkins took a more challenging leap in deciding to build a house on...


The Fight to Save Juarez: Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War

by Ricardo C. Ainslie

The city of Juárez is ground zero for the drug war that is raging across Mexico and has claimed close to 60,000 lives since 2007. Almost a quarter of the federal forces that former President Felipe Calderón...


I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944

by David, Jr. Carey

Given Guatemala's record of human rights abuses, its legal system has often been portrayed as illegitimate and anemic. I Ask for Justice challenges that perception by demonstrating that even though the legal...


Dancing the New World: Aztecs, Spaniards, and the Choreography of Conquest

by Paul A. Scolieri

From Christopher Columbus to "first anthropologist" Friar Bernardino de Sahagún, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century explorers, conquistadors, clerics, scientists, and travelers wrote about the "Indian" dances...