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Life On The Hyphen: The Cuban-american Way - Gustavo Pérez Firmat

An expanded, updated edition of the classic study of Cuban-American culture, this engaging book, which mixes the author's own story with his reflections as a trained observer, explores how both famous and ordinary members of the "1.5 Generation" (......

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Zaprudered: The Kennedy Assassination Film In Visual Culture - øyvind Vågnes

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination approaches, the traumatic aspects of the tragedy continue to haunt our perceptions of the 1960s. One reason for this lies in the home movie of the incident filmed by Abraham Zapruder, a byst......

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Monumentality In Etruscan And Early Roman Architecture: Ideology And Innovation

Every society builds, and many, if not all, utilize architectural structures as markers to define place, patron, or experience. Often we consider these architectural markers as "monuments" or "monumental" buildings. Ancient Rome, in particular, is......

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Mayan Voices For Human Rights: Displaced Catholics In Highland Chiapas - Christine Kovic

In the last decades of the twentieth century, thousands of Mayas were expelled, often violently, from their homes in San Juan Chamula and other highland communities in Chiapas, Mexico, by fellow Mayas allied with the ruling Institutional Revolutio......

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The Passion Of David Lynch: Wild At Heart In Hollywood - Martha P. Nochimson

Filmmaker David Lynch asserts that when he is directing, ninety percent of the time he doesn't know what he is doing. To understand Lynch's films, Martha Nochimson believes, requires a similar method of being open to the subconscious, of resisting......

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Hollywood Exile, Or How I Learned To Love The Blacklist - Bernard Gordon

The Hollywood blacklist, which began in the late 1940s and ran well into the 1960s, ended or curtailed the careers of hundreds of people accused of having ties to the Communist Party. Bernard Gordon was one of them. In this highly readable memoir,......

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Viva Cristo Rey!: The Cristero Rebellion And The Church-state Conflict In Mexico - David C. Bailey

Between 1926 and 1929, thousands of Mexicans fought and died in an attempt to overthrow the government of their country. They were the Cristeros, so called because of their battle cry, ˇViva Cristo Rey!-Long Live Christ the King! The Cristero rebe......

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A Journey Around Our America: A Memoir On Cycling, Immigration, And The Latinoization Of The U.s. - Louis G. Mendoza

Immigration and the growing Latino population of the United States have become such contentious issues that it can be hard to have a civil conversation about how Latinoization is changing the face of America. So in the summer of 2007, Louis Mendoz......

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No Color Is My Kind: The Life Of Eldrewey Stearns And The Integration Of Houston - Thomas R. Cole

No Color Is My Kind is an uncommon chronicle of identity, fate, and compassion as two men-one Jewish and one African American-set out to rediscover a life lost to manic depression and alcoholism. In 1984, Thomas Cole discovered Eldrewey Stearns ......

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The Education Of A Radical: An American Revolutionary In Sandinista Nicaragua - Michael Johns

"I went to Nicaragua with nothing but a tourist visa, $1,500 in cash, the name of someone at the Agrarian Reform Ministry, and the idea of being a revolutionary intellectual. . . . The idea took hold in a simple character flaw: wanting to believe ......

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In The Maw Of The Earth Monster: Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use

As portals to the supernatural realm that creates and animates the universe, caves have always been held sacred by the peoples of Mesoamerica. From ancient times to the present, Mesoamericans have made pilgrimages to caves for ceremonies ranging f......

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Disney's Most Notorious Film: Race, Convergence, And The Hidden Histories Of Song Of The South - Jason Sperb

The Walt Disney Company offers a vast universe of movies, television shows, theme parks, and merchandise, all carefully crafted to present an image of wholesome family entertainment. Yet Disney also produced one of the most infamous Hollywood film......

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Americans All: Good Neighbor Cultural Diplomacy In World War Ii - Darlene J. Sadlier

Cultural diplomacy-"winning hearts and minds" through positive portrayals of the American way of life-is a key element in U.S. foreign policy, although it often takes a backseat to displays of military might. Americans All provides an in-depth, fi......

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The Cia In Hollywood: How The Agency Shapes Film And Television - Tricia Jenkins

What's your impression of the CIA? A bumbling agency that can't protect its own spies? A rogue organization prone to covert operations and assassinations? Or a dedicated public service that advances the interests of the United States? Astute TV an......

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American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, And Activism: More Than A Prayer - Juliane Hammer

Following the events of September 11, 2001, American Muslims found themselves under unprecedented scrutiny. Muslim communities in the United States suffered from negative representations of their religion, but they also experienced increased inter......

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Colonialism And Christianity In Mandate Palestine - Laura Robson

Drawing on a rich base of British archival materials, Arabic periodicals, and secondary sources, Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine brings to light the ways in which the British colonial state in Palestine exacerbated sectarianism. ......

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Branding Texas: Performing Culture In The Lone Star State - Leigh Clemons

Ask anyone to name an archetypal Texan, and you're likely to get a larger-than-life character from film or television (say John Wayne's Davy Crockett or J. R. Ewing of TV's Dallas) or a politician with that certain swagger (think LBJ or George W. ......

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