Volume XLV - Number 2
Summer 2014


Michelle Morgan, "Americanizing the Teachers: Identity, Citizenship, and the Teaching Corps in Hawai‘i, 1900–1941"

Abstract: During the territorial period, elites and administrators in Hawai‘i sought to Americanize their multiracial teaching force. This article argues that administrators applied cultural, legal, and linguistic filters to weigh teachers’ potential to Americanize their students. Teachers’ responses challenged elite notions of American identity and the role of education in a democracy.

James Tejani, "Harbor Lines: Connecting the Histories of Borderlands and Pacific Imperialism in the Making of the Port of Los Angeles, 1858–1908"

Abstract: The nationalization of space following the U.S. conquest of California became troubled and unconsolidated in its encounter with complex natural land- and waterscapes like the San Pedro estuary, located on the Los Angeles coast. Here a new borderlands emerged beginning in the 1850s, when conflicting land laws and ambiguous surveys entrenched both Mexican and U.S. forms of property, and persisted until the Supreme Court settled litigation in 1897. These land disputes entwined the legacies of continental expansion with the imperatives of imperial expansion into the Pacific world, embedded a local history within national and global scales, and shaped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ transformation of the estuary into the Port of Los Angeles, the modern West’s gateway to the world.

William S. Kiser, "A 'charming name for a species of slavery': Political Debate on Debt Peonage in the Southwest, 1840s–1860s"

Abstract: Federal deliberations over debt peonage in the Mexican Cession lands during the antebellum era helped to shape perceptions of involuntary servitude within the broader context of chattel slavery in the South. Judicial and congressional analyses of peonage in New Mexico informed future legislative proceedings in the early Reconstruction era that expanded the constitutional ban on slavery to include all forms of coercive labor.


Book Reviews:

Graulich and Witschi, eds., Dirty Words in Deadwood      William Beard
Frankel, Searchers        Leonard Engel   
Howe, Markowitz, and Cummings, eds.,  Seeing Red      Elise Boxer
Hearne, Smoke Signals     Laura Beadling    
Doerfler, Sinclair, and Stark, eds., Centering Anishinaabeg Studies      Erik Redix  
Mitchell, Crafting History in the Northern Plains          Kimball Banks   
Mooney,  In Sun’s Likeness and Power  Ron McCoy
McPherson, Dinéjí Na ?Nitin           Michael J. Francisconi
McPherson, Dandy, and Burak,  Navajo Tradition         Michael J. Francisconi
Hosmer and Nesper, eds.,  Tribal Worlds   Alexandra Harmon    
Adams, Dahl, and Peach, eds.,  Métis in Canada          Heather Devine
Piatote,  Domestic Subjects       Carol Williams
Ouden and O’Brien, ed.,  Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights    James Allison
Hoxie, This Indian Country    Daniel M. Cobb         
Blackman,  Oklahoma’s Indian New Deal            Clara Sue Kidwell      
Keating,  Rising up from Indian Country           Jacqueline Peterson
Kiser,  Dragoons in Apacheland        Shelley Hatfield         
Beck, Columns of Vengeance           Linda Clemmons        
Roell,  Matamoras and the Texas Revolution             Milo Kearney
Alexander,  Riding Lucifer’s Line   Paul N. Spellman       
Tucker,  Oysters, Macaroni, and Beer   Linda English 
English,  By All Accounts           Alicia Dewey 
Devine,  On Behalf of the Family Farm       Katherine Jellison       
Cairns, Proof of Guilt       Roger Lane    
Hall, Dolores Del Río          Alicia Rodriquez-Estrada
Escobedo, From Coveralls to Zoot Suits     Maria Raquel Casas   
Mckiernan-González,  Fevered Measures       Ann V. Millard        
Bottoms,  Aristocracy of Color      Robert Chester         
Correia, Properties of Violence      Juan De Lara
Igler, Great Ocean     Shelley Lee    
Moore, Empire on Display      Bonnie Miller 
Childers, Colorado Powder Keg            Melanie Shellenbarger
Wall, Game Plan      Anthony W. Rasporich
Vaught,  Farmers’ Game          Thomas L. Altherr
Wegars,  As Rugged as the Terrain        Liping Zhu
Finn,  Mining Childhood       Charlene Porsild         
Shermer,  Sunbelt Capitalism      Todd Andrew Needham
Gragg, Bright Light City         Daniel K. Bubb

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