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Recovering History, Constructing Race: The Indian, Black, And White Roots Of Mexican Americans - Martha Menchaca

The history of Mexican Americans is a history of the intermingling of races-Indian, White, and Black. This racial history underlies a legacy of racial discrimination against Mexican Americans and their Mexican ancestors that stretches from the Spa......

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From Bananas To Buttocks: The Latina Body In Popular Film And Culture

From the exuberant excesses of Carmen Miranda in the "tutti frutti hat" to the curvaceous posterior of Jennifer Lopez, the Latina body has long been a signifier of Latina/o identity in U.S. popular culture. But how does this stereotype of the exot......

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The Mexican Outsiders: A Community History Of Marginalization And Discrimination In California - Martha Menchaca

People of Mexican descent and Anglo Americans have lived together in the U.S. Southwest for over a hundred years, yet relations between them remain strained, as shown by recent controversies over social services for undocumented aliens in Californ......

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Border Citizens: The Making Of Indians, Mexicans, And Anglos In Arizona - Eric V. Meeks

Borders cut through not just places but also relationships, politics, economics, and cultures. Eric V. Meeks examines how ethno-racial categories and identities such as Indian, Mexican, and Anglo crystallized in Arizona's borderlands between 1880 ......

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Reel Knockouts: Violent Women In Film

When Thelma and Louise outfought the men who had tormented them, women across America discovered what male fans of action movies have long known-the empowering rush of movie violence. Yet the duo's escapades also provoked censure across a wide ran......

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Remembering The Hacienda: Religion, Authority, And Social Change In Highland Ecuador - 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 estates as virtual serfs. In Rememberin......

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Willie Wells - Bob Luke

Willie Wells was arguably the best shortstop of his generation. As Monte Irvin, a teammate and fellow Hall of Fame player, writes in his foreword, "Wells really could do it all. He was one of the slickest fielding shortstops ever to come along. He......

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Water And Ritual: The Rise And Fall Of Classic Maya Rulers - Lisa J. Lucero

In the southern Maya lowlands, rainfall provided the primary and, in some areas, the only source of water for people and crops. Classic Maya kings sponsored elaborate public rituals that affirmed their close ties to the supernatural world and thei......

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To Alcatraz, Death Row, And Back: Memories Of An East La Outlaw - Ernie Lopez

When Ernie López was a boy selling newspapers in Depression-era Los Angeles, his father beat him when he failed to bring home the expected eighty to ninety cents a day. When the beatings became unbearable, he took to petty stealing to make up the ......

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Texas Through Women's Eyes: The Twentieth-century Experience - , 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, and planning their families. Yet these m......

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Padres: The National Chicano Priest Movement - Richard Edward Martinez

From the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to the 1960s, Mexican American Catholics experienced racism and discrimination within the U.S. Catholic church, as white priests and bishops maintained a racial divide in all areas of the church's ministry......

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Weird City: Sense Of Place And Creative Resistance In Austin, Texas - 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, many Austinites feel that they are in......

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Lightning Warrior: Maya Art And Kingship At Quirigua - Matthew G. Looper

The ancient Maya city of Quirigua occupied a crossroads between Copan in the southeastern Maya highlands and the major centers of the Peten heartland. Though always a relatively small city, Quirigua stands out because of its public monuments, whic......

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To Be Like Gods: Dance In Ancient Maya Civilization - Matthew G. Looper

The Maya of Mexico and Central America have performed ritual dances for more than two millennia. Dance is still an essential component of religious experience today, serving as a medium for communication with the supernatural. During the Late Clas......

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Ancient Maya Commoners

Much of what we currently know about the ancient Maya concerns the activities of the elites who ruled the societies and left records of their deeds carved on the monumental buildings and sculptures that remain as silent testimony to their power an......

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