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The Freedmen's Bureau and Black Texans

by Barry A. Crouch

Drawing on a wealth of previously unused documentation in the National Archives, this book offers new insights into the workings of the Freedmen's Bureau and the difficulties faced by Texas Bureau officials,...


Oil, Banks, and Politics: The United States and Postrevolutionary Mexico, 1917-1924

by Linda B. Hall

Mexico was second only to the United States as the world's largest oil producer in the years following the Mexican Revolution. As the revolutionary government became institutionalized, it sought to assure its...


Soldiers of Misfortune: The Somervell and Mier Expeditions

by Sam W. Haynes

The Somervell and Mier Expeditions of 1842, culminating in the famous "black bean episode" in which Texas prisoners drew white or black beans to determine who would be executed by their Mexican captors, still...


Checkerboards and Shatterbelts: The Geopolitics of South America

by Philip Kelly

Geography has always played a major role in world politics. In this study, Philip Kelly maps the geopolitics of South America, a continent where relative isolation from the power centers in North America and...


William Wayne Justice: A Judicial Biography

by Frank Kemerer

In his forty years on the federal bench in Texas, William Wayne Justice has been a formidable force for change. His rulings have prompted significant institutional reforms in education, prisons, and racial relations,...


The Lancelot-Grail Cycle: Text and Transformations

by William W. Kibler

Composed in Old French between about 1220 and 1240, the Lancelot-Grail Cycle is a group of five prose romances centered on the love affair between Lancelot and Guenevere. It consists of an immense central core,...


Reading World Literature: Theory, History, Practice

by Sarah Lawall

As teachers and readers expand the canon of world literature to include writers whose voices traditionally have been silenced by the dominant culture, fundamental questions arise. What do we mean by "world"?...


Roughnecks, Drillers, and Tool Pushers: Thirty-three Years in the Oil Fields

by Gerald Lynch

Oil, the black gold of Texas, has given rise to many a myth. Oil could turn a man overnight into a millionaire-and did, for some. But these myths have obscured what life was really like in the oil patch, a place...


The Folds of Parnassos: Land and Ethnicity in Ancient Phokis

by Jeremy McInerney

Independent city-states (poleis) such as Athens have been viewed traditionally as the most advanced stage of state formation in ancient Greece. By contrast, this pioneering book argues that for some Greeks the...


Texas Mushrooms: A Field Guide

by Susan Metzler & Van Metzler

Hundreds of species of mushrooms flourish in Texas, from the desert and semiarid regions of West Texas to the moist and acid soils of East Texas, where species that can also be found in South America live alongside...


Certificate of Absence

by Sylvia Molloy & Daniel Balderston

Originally published in 1981 as En breve cárcel, Certificate of Absence is the first novel of the Argentinian scholar-critic Sylvia Molloy. Innovative in its treatment of women's relationships and in its assertion...


Confederate Cavalry West of the River

by Stephen B. Oates

Another Confederate cavalry raid impends. You hear the snort of an impatient horse, the leathery squeaking of saddles, the low-voiced commands of officers, the muffled cluck of guns cocked in preparation-then...


The Cardinal

by June Osborne

In this inviting guide, June Osborne and Barbara Garland follow a year in the life of the Northern Cardinal with a fact-filled text and glowing color photographs. They describe how cardinals stake out territory...


FDR's Good Neighbor Policy: Sixty Years of Generally Gentle Chaos

by Fredrick B. Pike

During the 1930s, the United States began to look more favorably on its southern neighbors. Latin America offered expanded markets to an economy crippled by the Great Depression, while threats of war abroad...


Tejano Origins in Eighteenth-Century San Antonio

by Gerald E. Poyo & Gilberto M. Hinojosa

Since its first publication in 1991, this history of early San Antonio has won a 1992 Citation from the San Antonio Conservation Society and a Presidio La Bahía Award from the Sons of the Republic of Texas....


The Political Economy of Latin America in the Postwar Period

by Laura Randall

The historic and increasing interdependence of the Latin American and U.S. economies makes an understanding of the political economies of Latin American nations particularly timely and important. After World...


Once Upon a Time in Texas: A Liberal in the Lone Star State

by David Richards

Once upon a time in Texas...there were liberal activists of various stripes who sought to make the state more tolerant and more tolerable. David Richards was one of them. In this fast-paced, often humorous memoir,...


The Magnificent Mesquite

by Ken E. Rogers

"This book is one-of-a-kind. It is the only book that I'm aware of that summarizes the biology, ecology, uses, and management of mesquite.... It is the most complete book in print on mesquite." —C. Wayne Hanselka,...


Structures in the Stream: Water, Science, and the Rise of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

by Todd Shallat

As the Mississippi and other midwestern rivers inundated town after town during the summer of 1993, concerned and angry citizens questioned whether the very technologies and structures intended to "tame" the...


A Favored Place: San Juan River Wetlands, Central Veracruz, A.D. 500 to the Present

by Alfred H. Siemens

The wetlands of the San Juan Basin in Central Veracruz, Mexico, have been a favored place since the fifth century A.D., when Prehispanic people built an extensive network of canals and raised fields that allowed...