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George W. Brackenridge: Maverick Philanthropist - 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, he devoted his energies to making a fort......

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Heretics And Hellraisers: Women Contributors To The Masses, 1911-1917 - Margaret C. Jones

The Masses was the most dynamic and influential left-wing magazine of the early twentieth century, a touchstone for understanding radical thought and social movements in the United States during that era. As a magazine that supported feminist issu......

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Temples Of The Earthbound Gods: Stadiums In The Cultural Landscapes Of Rio De Janeiro And Buenos Aires - Christopher Thomas Gaffney

In Rio de Janeiro, the spiritual home of world football, and Buenos Aires, where a popular soccer club president was recently elected mayor, the game is an integral part of national identity. Using the football stadium as an illuminating cultural ......

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Blue-ribbon Babies And Labors Of Love: Race, Class, And Gender In U.s. Adoption Practice - Christine Ward Gailey

Most Americans assume that shared genes or blood relationships provide the strongest basis for family. What can adoption tell us about this widespread belief and American kinship in general? Blue-Ribbon Babies and Labors of Love examines the ways ......

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Guns, Drugs, And Development In Colombia - , Sheila Amin Gutiérrez De Piñeres

For decades, Colombia has contended with a variety of highly publicized conflicts, including the rise of paramilitary groups in response to rebel insurgencies of the 1960s, the expansion of an illegal drug industry that has permeated politics and ......

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Decolonizing The Sodomite: Queer Tropes Of Sexuality In Colonial Andean Culture - Michael J. Horswell

Early Andean historiography reveals a subaltern history of indigenous gender and sexuality that saw masculinity and femininity not as essential absolutes. Third-gender ritualists, Ipas, mediated between the masculine and feminine spheres of cultur......

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Screening The Gothic - Lisa Hopkins

Filmmakers have long been drawn to the Gothic with its eerie settings and promise of horror lurking beneath the surface. Moreover, the Gothic allows filmmakers to hold a mirror up to their own age and reveal society's deepest fears. Franco Zeffire......

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Henry Bumstead And The World Of Hollywood Art Direction - Andrew Horton

From a hotel in Marrakech in The Man Who Knew Too Much, to small-town Alabama in To Kill a Mockingbird, to Mission Control in Space Cowboys, creating a fictional, yet wholly believable world in which to film a movie has been the passion and life's......

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Hijos Del Pueblo: Gender, Family, And Community In Rural Mexico, 1730-1850 - Deborah E. Kanter

The everyday lives of indigenous and Spanish families in the countryside, a previously under-explored segment of Mexican cultural history, are now illuminated through the vivid narratives presented in Hijos del Pueblo ("offspring of the village").......

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Hanif Kureishi: Postcolonial Storyteller - Kenneth C. Kaleta

"Hanif Kureishi is a proper Englishman. Almost." So observes biographer Kenneth Kaleta. Well known for his films My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, the Anglo-Asian screenwriter, essayist, and novelist has become one of the leadi......

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The Last Battle Of The Civil War: Palmetto Ranch - Jeffrey Wm Hunt

More than two months after Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, the New York Times reported a most surprising piece of news. On May 12-13, the last battle of the Civil War had been fought at the southernmost ti......

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Mesoamerican Healers

Healing practices in Mesoamerica span a wide range, from traditional folk medicine with roots reaching back into the prehispanic era to westernized biomedicine. These sometimes cooperating, sometimes competing practices have attracted attention fr......

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Portuguese Memory Book: A New Approach To Vocabulary Building - , Dorothy Winters Welker

Mnemonics is an age-old device for remembering names, numbers, and many other things. The Portuguese Memory Book, by William F. Harrison and Dorothy Welker, makes use of this reliable memory help in a series of mnemonic jingles that are by turns p......

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From Bloodshed To Hope In Burundi: Our Embassy Years During Genocide - , Kathleen Tobin Krueger

In 1994, while nations everywhere stood idly by, 800,000 people were slaughtered in eight weeks in Rwanda. Arriving as U.S. Ambassador to neighboring Burundi a few weeks later, Bob Krueger began drawing international attention to the genocide also......

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Chiefs, Scribes, And Ethnographers: Kuna Culture From Inside And Out - James Howe

The Kuna of Panama, today one of the best known indigenous peoples of Latin America, moved over the course of the twentieth century from orality and isolation towards literacy and an active engagement with the nation and the world. Recognizing the......

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Dallas: The Making Of A Modern City - Patricia Evridge Hill

From the ruthless deals of the Ewing clan on TV's "Dallas" to the impeccable customer service of Neiman-Marcus, doing business has long been the hallmark of Dallas. Beginning in the 1920s and 1930s, Dallas business leaders amassed unprecedented po......

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