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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 Juárez: 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...


Recollections of a Tejano Life: Antonio Menchaca in Texas History

by Jesús F. de la Teja, Timothy Matovina & Justin Poché

San Antonio native, military veteran, merchant, and mayor pro tem José Antonio Menchaca (1800-1879) was one of only a few Tejano leaders to leave behind an extensive manuscript of recollections. Portions of...


Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Mining, Oil, and Gas in Latin America

by Anthony Bebbington & Jeffrey Bury

Over the past two decades, the extraction of nonrenewable resources in Latin America has given rise to many forms of struggle, particularly among disadvantaged populations. The first analytical collection to...


Every Woman Is a World: Interviews with Women of Chiapas

by Gayle Walker, Kiki Suárez & Carol Karasik

Born in the remote mountains and tropical forests of southern Mexico, the elder women of Chiapas have witnessed tumultuous change during their lifetimes, which in some cases spanned the entire twentieth century....


Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas

by Dave McNeely & Jim Henderson

Renowned for his fierce devotion to the people of Texas-as well as his equally fierce rages and unpredictable temper-Bob Bullock was the most powerful political figure in Texas at the end of the twentieth century....


Spare Time in Texas: Recreation and History in the Lone Star State

by David G. McComb

What do Texans' pastimes and recreations say about their characters? Looking at Texas history from a new angle, David McComb starts from the premise that how people spend their leisure time may well reveal more...


The Hogg Family and Houston: Philanthropy and the Civic Ideal

by Kate Sayen Kirkland

Progressive former governor James Stephen Hogg moved his business headquarters to Houston in 1905. For seven decades, his children Will, Ima, and Mike Hogg used their political ties, social position, and family...


The Drama's Patrons: A Study of the Eighteenth-Century London Audience

by Leo Hughes

The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. -Samuel Johnson, 1747 Democratic ferment, responsible for political explosions in the seventeenth century and expanded...


"This Is Jerusalem Calling": State Radio in Mandate Palestine

by Andrea L. Stanton

Modeled after the BBC, the Palestine Broadcasting Service was launched in 1936 to serve as the national radio station of Mandate Palestine, playing a pivotal role in shaping the culture of the emerging middle...


All-American Boy

by Larzer Ziff

From his celebrated appearance, hatchet in hand, in Parson Mason Locke Weems's Life of Washington to Booth Tarkington's Penrod, the all-American boy was an iconic figure in American literature for well over...


Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation

by William Hogeland

Recent movements such as the Tea Party and anti-tax "constitutional conservatism" lay claim to the finance and taxation ideas of America's founders, but how much do we really know about the dramatic clashes...