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Before Fidel: The Cuba I Remember

by Francisco José|| Moreno

Before Fidel Castro seized power, Cuba was an ebullient and chaotic society in a permanent state of turmoil, combining a raucous tropical nature with the evils of arbitrary and corrupt government. Yet this fascinating...


The Making of the Mexican Border: The State, Capitalism, and Society in Nuevo León, 1848-1910

by Juan Mora-Torres

The issues that dominate U.S.-Mexico border relations today-integration of economies, policing of boundaries, and the flow of workers from south to north and of capital from north to south-are not recent developments....


Maya Intellectual Renaissance: Identity, Representation, and Leadership

by Victor D. Montejo

When Mayan leaders protested the celebration of the Quincentenary of the "discovery" of America and joined with other indigenous groups in the Americas to proclaim an alternate celebration of 500 years of resistance,...


When States Kill: Latin America, the U.S., and Technologies of Terror

by Cecilia Menjívar & Néstor Rodríguez

Since the early twentieth century, technological transfers from the United States to Latin American countries have involved technologies of violence for social control. As the chapters in this book illustrate,...


Texas Through Women's Eyes: The Twentieth-Century Experience

by Judith N. McArthur & Harold L. Smith

Texas women broke barriers throughout the twentieth century, winning the right to vote, expanding their access to higher education, entering new professions, participating fully in civic and political life,...


Remembering the Hacienda: Religion, Authority, and Social Change in Highland Ecuador

by Barry J. Lyons

From the colonial period through the mid-twentieth century, haciendas dominated the Latin American countryside. In the Ecuadorian Andes, Runa-Quichua-speaking indigenous people-worked on these large agrarian...


Weird City: Sense of Place and Creative Resistance in Austin, Texas

by Joshua Long

Austin, Texas, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, is experiencing one of the most dynamic periods in its history. Wedged between homogenizing growth and a long tradition of rebellious nonconformity,...


Heraldry for the Dead: Memory, Identity, and the Engraved Stone Plaques of Neolithic Iberia

by Katina T. Lillios

In the late 1800s, archaeologists began discovering engraved stone plaques in Neolithic (3500-2500 BC) graves in southern Portugal and Spain. About the size of one's palm, usually made of slate, and incised...


The French in Texas: History, Migration, Culture

by François Lagarde

The flag of France is one of the six flags that have flown over Texas, but all that many people know about the French presence in Texas is the ill-fated explorer Cavelier de La Salle, fabled pirate Jean Laffite,...


Desegregating Texas Schools: Eisenhower, Shivers, and the Crisis at Mansfield High

by Robyn Duff Ladino & Alwyn Barr

In the famous Brown v. the Board of Education decisions of 1954 and 1955, the United States Supreme Court ruled that "separate but equal" schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. Yet history...


Danger Pay: Memoir of a Photojournalist in the Middle East, 1984-1994

by Carol Spencer Mitchell & Ellen Spencer Susman

"You're going where?" Carol Spencer Mitchell's father demanded as she set off in 1984 to cover the Middle East as a photojournalist for Newsweek and other publications. In this intensely thoughtful memoir, Spencer...


Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States

by John Soluri

Bananas, the most frequently consumed fresh fruit in the United States, have been linked to Miss Chiquita and Carmen Miranda, "banana republics," and Banana Republic clothing stores-everything from exotic kitsch,...


Nameless Towns: Texas Sawmill Communities, 1880-1942

by Thad Sitton & James H. Conrad

Sawmill communities were once the thriving centers of East Texas life. Many sprang up almost overnight in a pine forest clearing, and many disappeared just as quickly after the company "cut out" its last trees....


From Can See to Can't: Texas Cotton Farmers on the Southern Prairies

by Thad Sitton & Dan K. Utley

Cotton farming was the only way of life that many Texans knew from the days of Austin's Colony up until World War II. For those who worked the land, it was a dawn-till-dark, "can see to can't," process that...


Edward Everett Hale

by Jean Holloway

Edward Everett Hale is remembered by millions as the author of The Man Without a Country. This popular and gifted nineteenth-century writer was an outstanding and prolific contributor to the fields of journalism,...


Intellectual Foundations of the Nicaraguan Revolution

by Donald C. Hodges

In this critical study of the thought of Augusto Cesar Sandino and his followers, Donald C. Hodges has discovered a coherent ideological thread and political program, which he succeeds in tracing to Mexican...


Argentina's "Dirty War": An Intellectual Biography

by Donald C. Hodges

Argentines ask how their ultracivilized country, reputedly the most European in Latin America, could have relapsed into near-barbarism in the 1970s. This enlightening study seeks to answer that question by reviewing...


Freedom Colonies: Independent Black Texans in the Time of Jim Crow

by Thad, Sitton, James H. Conrad & Richard Orton

In the decades following the Civil War, nearly a quarter of African Americans achieved a remarkable victory-they got their own land. While other ex-slaves and many poor whites became trapped in the exploitative...


Parson Henry Renfro: Free Thinking on the Texas Frontier

by William C. Griggs

The years following the Texas Revolution held even more turbulent events as diverse droves of pioneers crossed the Sabine and Red Rivers to start new lives in Texas. Early Texas society contended with religious...


Showboats: The History of an American Institution

by Philip Graham

This book is a delightful and authoritative record of America's showboats from the first one, launched in 1831, to the last, ultimately tied up at a St. Louis dock. It is also a record of the men and women who...