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On The Dirty Plate Trail: Remembering The Dust Bowl Refugee Camps - Sanora Babb

The 1930s exodus of "Okies" dispossessed by repeated droughts and failed crop prices was a relatively brief interlude in the history of migrant agricultural labor. Yet it attracted wide attention through the publication of John Steinbeck's The Gra......

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Guatemaltecas: The Women's Movement, 1986-2003 - Susan A. Berger

After thirty years of military rule and state-sponsored violence, Guatemala reinstated civilian control and began rebuilding democratic institutions in 1986. Responding to these changes, Guatemalan women began organizing to gain an active role in ......

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Believing Women In Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations Of The Qur'an - Asma Barlas

Does Islam call for the oppression of women? Non-Muslims point to the subjugation of women that occurs in many Muslim countries, especially those that claim to be "Islamic," while many Muslims read the Qur'an in ways that seem to justify sexual op......

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Shamans Of The Foye Tree: Gender, Power, And Healing Among Chilean Mapuche - Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

Drawing on anthropologist Ana Mariella Bacigalupo's fifteen years of field research, Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power, and Healing among Chilean Mapuche is the first study to follow shamans' gender identities and performance in a variety of......

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Latino Images In Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, And Resistance - Charles Ramírez Berg

The bandido, the harlot, the male buffoon, the female clown, the Latin lover, and the dark lady-these have been the defining, and demeaning, images of Latinos in U.S. cinema for more than a century. In this book, Charles Ramírez Berg develops an i......

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Drugs, Thugs, And Divas: Telenovelas And Narco-dramas In Latin America - O. Hugo Benavides

Soap opera speaks a universal language, presenting characters and plots that resonate far beyond the culture that creates them. Latin American soap operas-telenovelas-have found enthusiastic audiences throughout the Americas and Europe, as well as......

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De León, A Tejano Family History - Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm

La familia de León was one of the foundation stones on which Texas was built. Martín de León and his wife Patricia de la Garza left a comfortable life in Mexico for the hardships and uncertainties of the Texas frontier in 1801. Together, they esta......

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Ama, Your Story Is Mine: Walking Out Of The Shadows Of Abuse - Ercenia "alice" Cedeno

In the preface to her memoir, Ercenia "Alice" Cedeño recalls the secrecy and turmoil that marked her youth: "I spent most of my growing years mad at my mother and wanting her to change to fit in with the rest of the world," she writes. "When my si......

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Imagining Identity In New Spain: Race, Lineage, And The Colonial Body In Portraiture And Casta Paintings - Magali M. Carrera

Reacting to the rising numbers of mixed-blood (Spanish-Indian-Black African) people in its New Spain colony, the eighteenth-century Bourbon government of Spain attempted to categorize and control its colonial subjects through increasing social reg......

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Maya Palaces And Elite Residences: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Maya "palaces" have intrigued students of this ancient Mesoamerican culture since the early twentieth century, when scholars first applied the term "palace" to multi-room, gallery-like buildings set on low platforms in the centers of Maya cities. ......

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What Women Watched: Daytime Television In The 1950s - Marsha F. Cassidy

In this pathfinding book, based on original archival research, Marsha F. Cassidy offers the first thorough analysis of daytime television's earliest and most significant women's genres, appraising from a feminist perspective what women watched bef......

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Deception And Abuse At The Fed: Henry B. Gonzalez Battles Alan Greenspan's Bank - Robert D. Auerbach

The Federal Reserve-the central bank of the United States-is the most powerful peacetime bureaucracy in the federal government. Under the chairmanship of Alan Greenspan (1987-2006), the Fed achieved near mythical status for its part in managing th......

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Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On: My Life In Music - Jeannie Cheatham

Jeannie Cheatham is a living legend in jazz and blues. A pianist, singer, songwriter, and co-leader of the Sweet Baby Blues Band, she has played and sung with many of the greats in blues and jazz-T-Bone Walker, Dinah Washington, Cab Callaway, Joe ......

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Spanish Texas, 1519-1821: Revised Edition - , Harriett Denise Joseph

Modern Texas, like Mexico, traces its beginning to sixteenth-century encounters between Europeans and Indians who contested control over a vast land. Unlike Mexico, however, Texas eventually received the stamp of Anglo-American culture, so that Sp......

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Felix Longoria's Wake: Bereavement, Racism, And The Rise Of Mexican American Activism - Patrick Carroll

Private First Class Felix Longoria earned a Bronze Service Star, a Purple Heart, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Combat Infantryman's badge for service in the Philippines during World War II. Yet the only funeral parlor in his hometown of Three Rivers......

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Crafting Tradition: The Making And Marketing Of Oaxacan Wood Carvings - Michael Chibnik

Since the mid-1980s, whimsical, brightly colored wood carvings from the Mexican state of Oaxaca have found their way into gift shops and private homes across the United States and Europe, as Western consumers seek to connect with the authenticity ......

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The War For The Heart And Soul Of A Highland Maya Town: Revised Edition - Robert S. Carlsen

This compelling ethnography explores the issue of cultural continuity and change as it has unfolded in the representative Guatemala Mayan town Santiago Atitlán. Drawing on multiple sources, Robert S. Carlsen argues that local Mayan culture survive......

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Homesteads Ungovernable: Families, Sex, Race, And The Law In Frontier Texas, 1823-1860 - Mark M. Carroll

When he settled in Mexican Texas in 1832 and began courting Anna Raguet, Sam Houston had been separated from his Tennessee wife Eliza Allen for three years, while having already married and divorced his Cherokee wife Tiana and at least two other I......

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