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The Illusion Of Inclusion: The Untold Political Story Of San Antonio, Texas - Rodolfo Rosales

To many observers, the 1981 election of Henry Cisneros as mayor of San Antonio, Texas, represented the culminating victory in the Chicano community's decades-long struggle for inclusion in the city's political life. Yet, nearly twenty years later,......

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Inventing The Savage: The Social Construction Of Native American Criminality - Luana Ross

Luana Ross writes, "Native Americans disappear into Euro-American institutions of confinement at alarming rates. People from my reservation appeared to simply vanish and magically return. [As a child] I did not realize what a 'real' prison was and......

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The Bear And His Sons: Masculinity In Spanish And Mexican Folktales - James M. Taggart

All the world over, people tell stories to express their deepest feelings about such things as what makes a "real" man or woman; what true love, courage, or any other virtue is; what the proper relationships are between people. Often groups of peo......

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Anita Brenner: A Mind Of Her Own - Susannah Joel Glusker

Journalist, historian, anthropologist, art critic, and creative writer, Anita Brenner was one of Mexico's most discerning interpreters. Born to a Jewish immigrant family in Mexico a few years before the Revolution of 1910, she matured into an inde......

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Las Tejanas: 300 Years Of History - , Ruthe Winegarten

Since the early 1700s, women of Spanish/Mexican origin or descent have played a central, if often unacknowledged, role in Texas history. Tejanas have been community builders, political and religious leaders, founders of organizations, committed tr......

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Indian Stereotypes In Tv Science Fiction: First Nations' Voices Speak Out - Sierra S. Adare

According to an early 1990s study, 95 percent of what college students know about Native Americans was acquired through the media, leading to widespread misunderstandings of First Nations peoples. Sierra Adare contends that negative "Indian" stere......

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With Courage And Common Sense: Memoirs From The Older Women's Legacy Circles

Women who were sixty or older at the turn of the twenty-first century have lived through some of recent history's most momentous moments-and yet these women often believe that their personal lives and stories are insignificant, not worthy of being......

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The Quiet Revolutionaries: Seeking Justice In Guatemala - , Paul Jesilow

The last three decades of the twentieth century brought relentless waves of death squads, political kidnappings, and other traumas to the people of Guatemala. Many people fled the country to escape the violence. Yet, at the same moment, a popular ......

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The Women Of Karbala: Ritual Performance And Symbolic Discourses In Modern Shi'i Islam

Commemorating the Battle of Karbala, in which the Prophet Mohammad's grandson Hosayn and seventy-two of his family members and supporters were martyred in 680 CE, is the central religious observance of Shi'i Islam. Though much has been written abo......

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Long Dark Road: Bill King And Murder In Jasper, Texas - Ricardo C. Ainslie

On a long dark road in deep East Texas, James Byrd Jr. was dragged to his death behind a pickup truck one summer night in 1998. The brutal modern-day lynching stunned people across America and left everyone at a loss to explain how such a heinous ......

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Tejano Journey, 1770-1850

A century before the arrival of Stephen F. Austin's colonists, Spanish settlers from Mexico were putting down roots in Texas. From San Antonio de Bexar and La Bahia (Goliad) northeastward to Los Adaes and later Nacogdoches, they formed communities......

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Together, Alone: A Memoir Of Marriage And Place - Susan Wittig Albert

What does it mean to belong to a place, to be truly rooted and grounded in the place you call home? How do you commit to a marriage, to a full partnership with another person, and still maintain your own separate identity? These questions have bee......

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So Far From Allah, So Close To Mexico: Middle Eastern Immigrants In Modern Mexico - Theresa Alfaro-velcamp

Middle Eastern immigration to Mexico is one of the intriguing, untold stories in the history of both regions. In So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico, Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp presents the fascinating findings of her extensive fieldwork in Mexico a......

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Paleoindian Geoarchaeology Of The Southern High Plains - Vance T. Holliday

The Southern High Plains of northwestern Texas and eastern New Mexico are rich in Paleoindian archaeological sites, including such well-known ones as Clovis, Lubbock Lake, Plainview, and Midland. These sites have been extensively researched over d......

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Hispanic Spaces, Latino Places: Community And Cultural Diversity In Contemporary America

Hispanics/Latinos are the largest ethnic minority in the United States-but they are far from being a homogenous group. Mexican Americans in the Southwest have roots that extend back four centuries, while Dominicans and Salvadorans are very recent ......

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Celluloid Vampires: Life After Death In The Modern World - Stacey Abbott

In 1896, French magician and filmmaker George Méliès brought forth the first celluloid vampire in his film Le manoir du diable. The vampire continues to be one of film's most popular gothic monsters and in fact, today more people become acquainted......

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