Branding Texas: Performing Culture in the Lone Star State by Leigh Clemons

By Leigh Clemons

Ask someone to call an archetypal Texan, and you are more likely to get a larger-than-life personality from movie or tv (say John Wayne's Davy Crockett or J. R. Ewing of TV's Dallas) or a political candidate with that sure swagger (think LBJ or George W. Bush). that each one of those figures are white and male and bursting with self-confidence is not any twist of fate, asserts Leigh Clemons. during this considerate research of what makes a ''Texan,'' she finds how Texan identification grew out of the history--and, much more, the myth--of the heroic deeds played by means of Anglo males through the Texas Revolution and the years of the Republic and the way this id is built and maintained via theatre and different representational practices. Clemons seems at quite a lot of venues during which ''Texanness'' is played, together with historical websites comparable to the Alamo, the battlefield at Goliad, and the San Jacinto Monument; museums similar to the Bob Bullock Texas kingdom historical past Museum; seasonal open air dramas resembling Texas! at Palo Duro Canyon; motion pictures comparable to John Wayne's The Alamo and the IMAX's Alamo: the cost of Freedom; performs and television exhibits comparable to the Tuna trilogy, Dallas, and King of the Hill; and the Cavalcade of Texas functionality on the 1936 Texas Centennial. She persuasively demonstrates that those performances have created a Texan identification that has develop into a model, a commodity that may be bought to the general public or even manipulated for political reasons.

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Essays in Twentieth-Century New Mexico History by Judith Boyce DeMark

By Judith Boyce DeMark

Whereas the colonial and territorial classes in New Mexico heritage were good documented, and actually helped create the parable of the yank West, the modern interval is still principally unexamined. This number of essays treatments that lack through analyzing the dramatic social, monetary, and political alterations that experience happened throughout the 20th century.Thirteen essays current case experiences of farm households, groundwater legislation, mining, local American reviews, ranch tradition, the function of the army within the state’s financial system, the advance of the prison method, prepared hard work, the tuberculosis undefined, public healthiness nurses, tourism, and global conflict II eastern internment camps. A bibliographic essay presents extra assets for lecturers and scholars, and a photographic essay illustrates the state’s range.

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Castle Valley America: Hard Land, Hard-won Home by Nancy Taniguchi

By Nancy Taniguchi

This is often American background advised during the tales of an extraordinary, for Utah, area. fort Valley is approximately conterminous with counties, Carbon and Emery, which jointly shaped a rural, commercial enclave in a quite often desolate tract surroundings at the back of the mountain diversity that borders Utah’s primary hall of payment. In fortress Valley, coal mining and the railroad attracted diversified, multiethnic groups and a good proportion of ancient characters, from Butch Cassidy, who stole its greatest payroll, to mom Jones, who helped set up its employees opposed to its mining businesses. one of the final significant segments of the nation to be settled, it was once additionally a in general terrible area that stretched the services of individuals to scratch a dwelling from a harsh panorama. the folks of chateau Valley skilled complicated, strange combos of either social solidarity and clash, yet they struggled via poverty, exertions disputes, significant mining failures, and different demanding situations to construct groups whose tales mirrored the old process the kingdom as an entire. with a view to show her subject’s either detailed and consultant traits, then, Nancy Taniguchi has written an epic background that's not simply neighborhood background yet American historical past writ in the neighborhood.

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Frontier Crossroads: Fort Davis and the West by Robert Wooster

By Robert Wooster

The thought of the West conjures interesting photos of tenacious women and men, large expanses of unclaimed territory, and emotions of either experience and lonesome isolation. situated astride conversation strains linking San Antonio, El Paso, Presidio, and Chihuahua urban, the USA Army’s put up at fortress Davis commanded a strategic place at an army, cultural, and financial crossroads of nineteenth-century Texas. utilizing vast learn and cautious scrutiny of lengthy forgotten files, Robert Wooster brings his readers into the area of castle Davis, a spot of stumble upon, conquest, and community.
   
The citadel the following spawned a thriving civilian cost and served because the monetary nexus for neighborhood improvement Frontier Crossroads faculties its readers within the day-by-day lives of infantrymen, their dependents, and civilians on the fortress and within the surrounding region. The ensuing heritage of the interesting combination of Hispanic, African American, Anglo, and eu immigrants who got here to citadel Davis is a benchmark quantity that would function the traditional to which different publish histories should be compared.
   
the army garrisons of citadel Davis represented a wealthy mosaic of nineteenth-century American lifestyles. all the army’s 4 black regiments served there following the Civil warfare, and its garrisons engaged in lots of of the army’s grueling campaigns opposed to Apache and Comanche Indians. Characters similar to artist and officer Arthur T. Lee, William “Pecos invoice” Shafter, and Benjamin Grierson and his family members come alive below Wooster’s pen. Frontier Crossroads will increase its readers with its cautious research of existence at the frontier. This e-book will entice army and social historians, Texas historical past buffs, and people looking a checklist of adventure.

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Voices from Alabama: a twentieth-century mosaic by J. MacK, Jr. Lofton

By J. MacK, Jr. Lofton

A mosaic developed through Alabamians remembering their prior. Lofton traveled the size and breadth of the kingdom listening as miners, mill staff, financial institution executives, homemakers, sharecroppers, businessmen, and faculty presidents informed approximately their lives within the Twenties, the nice melancholy, and global warfare II.

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The Mathers: three generations of Puritan intellectuals, by Robert Middlekauff

By Robert Middlekauff

During this vintage paintings of yank non secular historical past, Robert Middlekauff strains the evolution of Puritan notion and theology in the United States from its origins in New England during the early eighteenth century. He makes a speciality of 3 generations of highbrow ministers--Richard, bring up, and Cotton Mather--in order to problem the conventional telling of the secularization of Puritanism, a narrative of religion remodeled by means of cause, technological know-how, and enterprise. Delving into the Mathers' deepest papers and unpublished writings in addition to their sermons and released works, Middlekauff describes a Puritan thought of non secular event that's extra inventive, advanced, and uncompromising than conventional bills have allowed. whilst, he portrays altering principles and styles of habit that exhibit a lot in regards to the first hundred years of yankee existence.

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A century of electrical engineering and computer science at by Karl L. Wildes

By Karl L. Wildes

Electrical engineering is a protean career. at the present time the sphere embraces many disciplines that appear some distance faraway from its roots within the telegraph, cell, electrical lamps, vehicles, and turbines. To a outstanding quantity, this chronicle of switch and progress at a unmarried establishment is a tablet historical past of the self-discipline and career of electric engineering because it constructed world wide. even if MIT was once no longer major the way in which, the dept was once often quickly to conform to altering wishes, objectives, curricula, and examine courses. What has remained consistent all through is the dynamic interplay of educating and learn, flexibility of management, the interconnections with business growth and nationwide priorities.

The book's textual content and plenty of pictures introduce readers to the popular lecturers and researchers who're nonetheless renowned in engineering circles, between them: Vannevar Bush, Harold Hazen, Edward Bowles, Gordon Brown, Harold Edgerton, Ernst Guillemin, Arthur von Hippel, and Jay Forrester.

The e-book covers the department's significant parts of task -- electricity structures, servomechanisms, circuit thought, communications concept, radar and microwaves (developed first on the famed Radiation Laboratory in the course of international conflict II), insulation and dielectrics, electronics, acoustics, and computation. This wealthy historical past of accomplishments indicates additionally that years ahead of "Computer technological know-how" used to be extra to the department's identify such pioneering leads to computation and keep an eye on as Vannevar Bush's Differential Analyzer, early cybernetic units and numerically managed servomechanisms, the Whirlwind desktop, and the evolution of time-sharing computation had already been achieved.

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Sex in the Heartland by Beth Bailey

By Beth Bailey

Intercourse within the Heartland is the tale of the sexual revolution in a small college city within the indispensable heartland country of Kansas. Bypassing the oft-told stories of radicals and revolutionaries on both coast, Beth Bailey argues that the revolution used to be solid in cities and towns alike, as "ordinary" humans struggled over the limits of private and non-private sexual habit in postwar the US. Bailey essentially demanding situations modern perceptions of the revolution as easily a triumph of unfastened love and homosexual lib. really, she explores the long term and mainstream alterations in American society, starting within the fiscal and social dislocations of worldwide conflict II and the explosion of mass media and communique, which aided and abetted the sexual upheaval of the Nineteen Sixties. targeting Lawrence, Kansas, we find the intricacies and intensity of a metamorphosis that used to be nurtured on the grass roots. american citizens used the concept that of revolution to make experience of social and sexual alterations as they lived via them. every little thing from the contraception capsule and counterculture to Civil Rights, was once conflated into "the revolution," an available yet misleading simplification, too effortless to either glorify and vilify. Bailey untangles the substantially varied origins, intentions, and results of those occasions to assist us comprehend their roles and meanings for intercourse in modern the US. She argues that the sexual revolution challenged and partly overturned a procedure of sexual controls in keeping with oppression, inequality, and exploitation, and created new types of intercourse and gender kinfolk that experience formed our society in robust and confident methods.

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