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XLIV - Number 4
"Regulating the Jackals of the Monetary World: Banking
and Constitutional Reform in the Antebellum Northwest"
This article describes the fights over banks and paper money in
state constitutional conventions in the antebellum Northwest. These
debates played a central role in the development of popular self-government
and democracy in the region. Citizens demanded fundamental constitutional
reforms that would circumvent irresponsible legislatures and thwart
undemocratic financial institutions.
James David Nichols
"The Line of Liberty: Runaway Slaves and Fugitive Peons in
the Texas-Mexico Borderlands"
Abstract: In the
aftermath of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, runaway slaves from
Texas and debt peons from Northern Mexico put the new borderline
to an unexpected use. Aware that it separated two very different
countries, each sought refuge on the other side. Thus, a line intended
to seal off one side from the other and keep laborers bounded in
their place served a contrary function. The flood of refugees across
the border produced a guerra sorda—cold war—between
Mexico and the United States over their differing ideas of labor
and race. On the ground, this war of words constantly threatened
to degenerate into a hot shooting war. And when runaway slaves and
Mexican peons became unexpected allies, the situation only deteriorated
further. Ultimately, neither Mexican nor U.S. officials could disabuse
their servile laborers of the notion that the new border represented
a line of liberty and that greater opportunity lay in greater mobility.
"¡Medicina Sí Muerte No!: Race, Public
Health, and the 'Long War on Poverty' in Mathis, Texas, 1948–1971"
essay examines the evolution and politics of the Chicano movement
in South Texas. Framed around the mysterious death of Dr. Fred E.
Logan Jr., the author argues that concerns around public health
were at the heart of a long struggle to end poverty and overturn
years of Anglo political rule in the small town of Mathis.
- Butler, Across God’s Frontiers, Patricia Loughlin
- Benemann, Men in Eden, Jon T. Coleman
- Wadewitz, The Nature of Borders, Charlotte Coté
- Sachs, Arcadian America, Ann Fabian
- Schorr, The Colorado Doctrine, Steven L. Danver
- Gordon and Krech III, eds., Indigenous Knowledge and the
Environment in Africa and North America, Dana E. Powell
- Castellanos, Nájera, and Aldama, eds., Comparative
Indigeneities of the Américas, Waskar T. Ari-Chachaki
- Lonetree, Decolonizing Museums, Miranda J. Brady
- Calloway, ed., Ledger Narratives, Brad D. Lookingbill
- Kate Wingert-Playdon, John Gaw Meem at Acoma, Julie
- McKeown, In the Smaller Scope of Conscience, Brian
- Rhode, ed., Meetings at the Margins, Barbara J. Roth
- Blythe, Chiricahua and Janos, Carla Gerona
- Yetman, Conflict in Colonial Sonora, Carlos R. Herrera
- Watson, Jackson’s Sword, Michael Tate
- Chaky, Terrible Justice, Robert W. Galler Jr.
- Herman, Rim Country Exodus, Martha C. Knack
- Tonkovich, The Allotment Plot, Emily Greenwald
- Trafzer, Gilbert, and Sisquoc, eds., The Indian School on
Magnolia Avenue, Bradley Shreve
- Rzeczkowski, Uniting the Tribes, Christina Gish Hill
- Dennison, Colonial Entanglement, Rennard Strickland
- Williams, ed., Indigenous Women and Work, Ann McGrath
- Imada, Aloha America, Andrea Feeser
- Sides, Post-Ghetto, Nicolas G. Rosenthal
- Zesch, The Chinatown War, Victor Jew
- Bunker, Creating Mexican Consumer Culture in the Age of
Porfirio Díaz, Andrew Grant Wood
- Shellenbarger, High Country Summers, Janet Ore
- Fluhman, “A Peculiar People,” Klaus J.
- Turner, Brigham Young, Kathleen Flake
- Alexander, Edward Hunter Snow, Lyman Hafen
- Willoughby, The Brothers Robidoux and the Opening of the
American West, John C. Jackson
- Lawson, Frontier Naturalist, John Miller Morris
- Jensen, Oregon’s Doctor to the World, Kathryn
- Johnson, Standing at the Water’s Edge, Kimberly
- Urbom, Called to Justice, Mark R. Scherer
- Spude, “That Fiend in Hell,” Roger D. McGrath
- Holtby, Forty-Seventh Star, Richard Melzer
- Mendoza and Grear, eds., Texans and War, Christopher
"The American West in the Age of Vulnerability"
Woster is Hall Distinguished Professor of American History Emeritus
at the University of Kansas and Distinguished Foreign Expert at
Renmin University of China. After earning his PhD at Yale University
in 1971, he taught at Brandeis University and the University of
Hawai´i, Manoa. His most recent books include A River Running
West: The Life of John Wesley Powell (2000) and A Passion for Nature:
The Life of John Muir (2008). His research and writing includes
a history of drought and the Dust Bowl, water and reclamation in
the West, and the development of ecology.
Rosalyn LaPier and David R. M. Beck, "'A One-Man Relocation
Team': Scott Henry Peters and American Indian Urban Migration in
urban relocation programs for American Indians, commonly believed
to have been launched in the 1950s, were actually first initiated
under the aegis of John Collier’s Office of Indian Affairs.
As the case study of OIA Placement Officer Scott Henry Peters shows,
federal officials recognized by the early 1930s that significant
numbers of American Indians were migrating off-reservation. As an
American Indian working for the Indian Office, Peters attempted
to provide employment opportunities for young American Indian adults
migrating to cities and help them adapt to modern urban life. This
study extends the literature on urban American Indian history back
in time and reveals some of the contradictions inherent in Collier’s
Jen Corrinne Brown, "Trash Fish: Native Fish Species
in a Rocky Mountain Trout Culture"
article argues that the creation of a Rocky Mountain trout culture
and economy proved detrimental to native western fish. In the veneration
of the region’s trout, anglers and fish managers overlooked
or killed native coarse fish species through the rampant use of
fish toxicants and other eradication techniques.
Lorn S. Foster,
FIELD NOTES, "First Churches Los Angeles Project: Studying
African American Churches in the First Half of the Twentieth Century"
article is an overview of a the First Churches Los Angeles Project
(FCLAP), which examines civic engagement in Los Angeles’s
African American community before 1950 by focusing on the role played
by the African American church. This project relies on previously
unused archival records and oral histories as research tools to
form a more complete view of parish life in the early to mid-1900s.
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