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Sobral Pinto, "the Conscience Of Brazil": Leading The Attack Against Vargas (1930-1945) - John W. F. Dulles

Praised by his admirers as "one of those rare heroic figures out of Plutarch" and as "an intrepid Don Quixote," Brazilian lawyer Heráclito Fontoura Sobral Pinto (1893-1991) was the most consistently forceful opponent of dictator Getúlio Vargas. Th......

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The Women Of Courtwatch: Reforming A Corrupt Family Court System - Carole Bell Ford

Houston was a terrible place to divorce or seek child custody in the 1980s and early 1990s. Family court judges routinely rendered verdicts that damaged the interests of women and children. In some especially shocking cases, they even granted cust......

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Watching The Traffic Go By: Transportation And Isolation In Urban America - Paul Mason Fotsch

As twentieth-century city planners invested in new transportation systems to deal with urban growth, they ensured that the automobile rather than mass transit would dominate transportation. Combining an exploration of planning documents, sociologi......

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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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Seeing And Being Seen: The Q'eqchi' Maya Of Livingston, Guatemala, And Beyond - Hilary E. Kahn

The practice of morality and the formation of identity among an indigenous Latin American culture are framed in a pioneering ethnography of sight that attempts to reverse the trend of anthropological fieldwork and theory overshadowing one another.......

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Native North American Armor, Shields, And Fortifications - David E. Jones

From the Chickasaw fighting the Choctaw in the Southeast to the Sioux battling the Cheyenne on the Great Plains, warfare was endemic among the North American Indians when Europeans first arrived on this continent. An impressive array of offensive ......

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Unlearning The Language Of Conquest: Scholars Expose Anti-indianism In America

Responding to anti-Indianism in America, the wide-ranging perspectives culled in Unlearning the Language of Conquest present a provocative account of the contemporary hegemony still at work today, whether conscious or unconscious. Four Arrows has ......

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Delirio-the Fantastic, The Demonic, And The Réel: The Buried History Of Nuevo León - Marie Theresa Hernández

Striking, inexplicable stories circulate among the people of Nuevo León in northern Mexico. Stories of conversos (converted Jews) who fled the Inquisition in Spain and became fabulously wealthy in Mexico. Stories of women and children buried in wa......

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The San Antonio Missions And Their System Of Land Tenure - Jr. Almarv°z, Fv©lix D.

San Antonio, Texas, is unique among North American cities in having five former Spanish missions: San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo; founded in 1718), San José y San Miguel de Aguayo (1720), Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña (1731),......

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Cafv© Con Leche: Race, Class, And National Image In Venezuela - Winthrop R. Wright

For over a hundred years, Venezuelans have referred to themselves as a café con leche (coffee with milk) people. This colorful expression well describes the racial composition of Venezuelan society, in which European, African, and Indian peoples h......

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The Memory Of Bones: Body, Being, And Experience Among The Classic Maya - , David Stuart

All of human experience flows from bodies that feel, express emotion, and think about what such experiences mean. But is it possible for us, embodied as we are in a particular time and place, to know how people of long ago thought about the body a......

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Lethal Injection: Capital Punishment In Texas During The Modern Era - , Rocky Leann Pilgrim

Few state issues have attracted as much controversy and national attention as the application of the death penalty in Texas. In the years since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, Texas has led the nation in passing death sentences and execu......

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La Pinta: Chicana/o Prisoner Literature, Culture, And Politics - B. V. Olguín

In this groundbreaking study based on archival research about Chicana and Chicano prisoners-known as Pintas and Pintos-as well as fresh interpretations of works by renowned Pinta and Pinto authors and activists, B. V. Olguín provides crucial insig......

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Conquistadores De La Calle: Child Street Labor In Guatemala City - Thomas A. Offit

The first comprehensive, book-length study of its kind, Conquistadores de la Calle presents the findings of nearly two years of ethnographic research on the streets of Guatemala City, toppling conventional wisdom that the region's youth workers ar......

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Fernández De Oviedo's Chronicle Of America: A New History For A New World - Kathleen Ann Myers

Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo (1478-1557) wrote the first comprehensive history of Spanish America, the Historia general y natural de las Indias, a sprawling, constantly revised work in which Oviedo attempted nothing less than a complete account of ......

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For Glory And Bolívar: The Remarkable Life Of Manuela Sáenz - Pamela S. Murray

She was a friend, lover, and confidante of charismatic Spanish American independence hero Simón Bolívar and, after her death, a nationalist icon in her own right. Yet authors generally have chosen either to romanticize Manuela Sáenz or to discount......

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The River Has Never Divided Us: A Border History Of La Junta De Los Rios - Jefferson Morgenthaler

Not quite the United States and not quite Mexico, La Junta de los Rios straddles the border between Texas and Chihuahua, occupying the basin formed by the conjunction of the Rio Grande and the Rio Conchos. It is one of the oldest continuously inha......

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Padres: The National Chicano Priest Movement - Richard Edward Martínez

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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