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Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle for Galveston

by Edward T., Jr. Cotham

The Civil War history of Galveston is one of the last untold stories from America's bloodiest war, despite the fact that Galveston was a focal point of hostilities throughout the conflict. As other Southern...


Sabine Pass: The Confederacy's Thermopylae

by Edward T., Jr. Cotham

In an 1882 speech, former Confederate president Jefferson Davis made an exuberant claim: "That battle at Sabine Pass was more remarkable than the battle at Thermopylae." Indeed, Sabine Pass was the site of one...


The Southern Journey of a Civil War Marine: The Illustrated Note-Book of Henry O. Gusley

by Edward T., Jr. Cotham

On September 28, 1863, the Galveston Tri-Weekly News caught its readers' attention with an item headlined "A Yankee Note-Book." It was the first installment of a diary confiscated from U.S. Marine Henry O. Gusley,...


The First Texas News Barons

by Patrick Cox

Newspaper publishers played a crucial role in transforming Texas into a modern state. By promoting expanded industrialization and urbanization, as well as a more modern image of Texas as a southwestern, rather...


The House Will Come To Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics

by Michael Phillips, Patrick L. Cox & Don Carleton

In a state assumed to have a constitutionally weak governor, the Speaker of the Texas House wields enormous power, with the ability to almost single-handedly dictate the legislative agenda. The House Will Come...


The Dance of Freedom: Texas African Americans during Reconstruction

by Barry A. Crouch, Larry Madaras & Arnoldo De Leon

This anthology brings together the late Barry A. Crouch's most important articles on the African American experience in Texas during Reconstruction. Grouped topically, the essays explore what freedom meant to...


Defiance and Deference in Mexico's Colonial North: Indians under Spanish Rule in Nueva Vizcaya

by Susan Deeds

In their efforts to impose colonial rule on Nueva Vizcaya from the sixteenth century to the middle of the seventeenth, Spaniards established missions among the principal Indian groups of present-day eastern...


The Tira de Tepechpan: Negotiating Place under Aztec and Spanish Rule

by Lori Boornazian Diel

Created in Tepechpan, a relatively minor Aztec city in Central Mexico, the Tira de Tepechpan records important events in the city's history from 1298 through 1596. Most of the history is presented pictographically....


Exiled in the Homeland: Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine

by Donna Robinson Divine

Offering a new perspective on Zionism, Exiled in the Homeland draws on memoirs, newspaper accounts, and archival material to examine closely the lives of the men and women who immigrated to Palestine in the...


Sobral Pinto, "The Conscience of Brazil": Leading the Attack against Vargas (1930-1945)

by John W. F. Dulles

Praised by his admirers as "one of those rare heroic figures out of Plutarch" and as "an intrepid Don Quixote," Brazilian lawyer Heráclito Fontoura Sobral Pinto (1893-1991) was the most consistently forceful...


Resisting Brazil's Military Regime: An Account of the Battles of Sobral Pinto

by John W. F. Dulles

Praised by his many admirers as a "courageous and fearless" defender of human rights, Heráclito Fontoura Sobral Pinto (1893-1991) was the most consistently forceful opponent of the regime of Brazilian dictator...


Blockading the Border and Human Rights: The El Paso Operation that Remade Immigration Enforcement

by Timothy J. Dunn

To understand border enforcement and the shape it has taken, it is imperative to examine a groundbreaking Border Patrol operation begun in 1993 in El Paso, Texas, "Operation Blockade." The El Paso Border Patrol...


Women Who Live Evil Lives: Gender, Religion, and the Politics of Power in Colonial Guatemala

by Martha Few

Women Who Live Evil Lives documents the lives and practices of mixed-race, Black, Spanish, and Maya women sorcerers, spell-casters, magical healers, and midwives in the social relations of power in Santiago...


Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol

by Richard R. Flores

"Remember the Alamo!" reverberates through Texas history and culture, but what exactly are we remembering? Over nearly two centuries, the Mexican victory over an outnumbered band of Alamo defenders has been...


The Women of CourtWatch: Reforming a Corrupt Family Court System

by Carole Bell Ford

Houston was a terrible place to divorce or seek child custody in the 1980s and early 1990s. Family court judges routinely rendered verdicts that damaged the interests of women and children. In some especially...


The Invention of the Jewish Gaucho: Villa Clara and the Construction of Argentine Identity

by Judith Noemí|| Freidenberg

By the mid-twentieth century, Eastern European Jews had become one of Argentina's largest minorities. Some represented a wave of immigration begun two generations before; many settled in the province of Entre...


George W. Brackenridge: Maverick Philanthropist

by Marilyn Mcadams Sibley

George W. Brackenridge (1832-1920) was a paradox to his fellow Texans. A Republican in a solidly Democratic state, a financier in a cattleman's country, a Prohibitionist in the goodtime town of San Antonio,...


The Normans in South Wales, 1070-1171

by Lynn H. Nelson

A frontier has been called "an area inviting entrance." For the Norman invaders of England the Welsh peninsula was such an area. Fertile forested lowlands invited agricultural occupation; a fierce but primitive...


Mier Expedition Diary: A Texan Prisoner's Account

by Joseph D. McCutchan, Joseph Milton Nance & Jane A. Kenamore

Few episodes in Texas history have excited more popular interest than the Mier Expedition of 1842. Nineteen-year-old Joseph D. McCutchan was among the 300 Texans who, without the cover of the Lone Star flag,...


The Beatles Come to America

by Martin Goldsmith

When the Beatles touched down in New York on February 7, 1964 for their first visit to America, they brought with them a sound that hadn't been heard before. By the time they returned to England two weeks later,...