American Historical Association Annual Meeting 2023

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The Abolitionist’s Journal

Memories of an American Antislavery Family

James D. Richardson

The author raises questions about why the fervent commitment to the emancipation of African Americans was nearly forgotten by his family, exploring the racial attitudes in the author's upbringing and the ingrained racism that still plagues our nation today.



Banana Cowboys

The United Fruit Company and the Culture of Corporate Colonialism

James W. Martin

This study of the United Fruit Company shows how the business depended on these complicated employees, especially on acclimatizing them to life as tropical Americans.



Before Brasília

Frontier Life in Central Brazil

Mary C. Karasch

Before Brasília offers an in-depth exploration of life in the captaincy of Goiás during the late colonial and early national period of Brazilian history.



Chile Peppers

A Global History

Dave DeWitt

In Chile Peppers: A Global History, Dave DeWitt, a world expert on chiles, travels from New Mexico across the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia chronicling the history, mystery, and mythology of chiles around the world and their abundant uses in seventy mouth-tingling recipes.



Colonial Kinship

Guaraní, Spaniards, and Africans in Paraguay

Shawn Michael Austin

In Colonial Kinship: Guaraní, Spaniards, and Africans in Paraguay, historian Shawn Michael Austin traces the history of conquest and colonization in Paraguay during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.



The Conquest of the Desert

Argentina’s Indigenous Peoples and the Battle for History

Carolyne R. Larson

This collection explores issues of settler colonialism, Indigenous-state relations, genocide, borderlands, and Indigenous cultures and land rights through essays that reexamine one of Argentina's most important historical periods.



Contested Nation

The Mapuche, Bandits, and State Formation in Nineteenth-Century Chile

Pilar M. Herr

Contested Nation argues that with Chilean independence, Araucanía--because of its status as a separate nation-state--became essential to the territorial integrity of the new Chilean Republic.



The Creole Rebellion

The Most Successful Slave Revolt in American History

Bruce Chadwick

Part history, part adventure, and part legal drama, Bruce Chadwick chronicles the most successful slave revolt in the pages of American history.



A Cross and a Star

Memoirs of a Jewish Girl in Chile

Marjorie Agosín, Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman, Ruth Behar

In this classic memoir which explores the Nazi presence in the south of Chile after the war, Marjorie Agosín writes in the voice of her mother, Frida, who grew up as the daughter of European Jewish immigrants in Chile in the World War II era.



Dancing on the Sun Stone

Mexican Women and the Gendered Politics of Octavio Paz

Marjorie Becker

Dancing on the Sun Stone is a uniquely transdisciplinary work that fuses modern Latin American history and literature to explore women's lives and gendered politics in Mexico.



Donaciano Vigil

The Life of a Nuevomexicano Soldier, Statesman, and Territorial Governor

Maurilio E. Vigil, Helene Boudreau

In this gripping biography of a remarkable man, Maurilio E. Vigil and Helene Boudreau fill the gap within the scholarship on Hispanics in nineteenth-century New Mexico.




The African Slave Who Explored America

Dennis Herrick

In this work Herrick dispels the myths and outright lies about Esteban. His biography emphasizes Esteban rather than the Spaniards whose exploits are often exaggerated and jingoistic in the sixteenth-century chronicles.



First Impressions

A Reader's Journey to Iconic Places of the American Southwest

David J. Weber, William deBuys

First Impressions: A Reader's Journey to Iconic Places of the American Southwest tells the story of fifteen iconic sites across Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and southern Colorado through the eyes of the explorers, missionaries, and travelers who were the first nonnatives to describe them.



From Sea-Bathing to Beach-Going

A Social History of the Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

B.J. Barickman, Hendrik Kraay, Bryan McCann

2023 Honorable Mention, Warren Dean Prize in Brazilian HistoryIn From Sea-Bathing to Beach-Going B. J. Barickman explores how a narrow ocean beachfront neighborhood and the distinctive practice of beach-going...



From the Galleons to the Highlands

Slave Trade Routes in the Spanish Americas

Alex Borucki, David Eltis, David Wheat

Students and scholars will find the comprehensive study and analysis in From the Galleons to the Highlands invaluable in examining the study of the slave trade to colonial Spanish America.



Gamboa's World

Justice, Silver Mining, and Imperial Reform in New Spain

Christopher Albi

Gamboa's World examines the changing legal landscape of eighteenth-century Mexico through the lens of the jurist Francisco Xavier de Gamboa (1717-1794).



Gangs of the El Paso–Juárez Borderland

A History

Mike Tapia

This thought-provoking book examines gang history in the region encompassing West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Northern Chihuahua, Mexico.



The Great Festivals of Colonial Mexico City

Performing Power and Identity

Linda A. Curcio-Nagy

This cultural history examines the functions of public rituals in colonial Mexico City, often totaling as many as 100 celebrations in a year.



Hispano Bastion

New Mexican Power in the Age of Manifest Destiny, 1837-1860

Michael J. Alarid

In this groundbreaking study, historian Michael J. Alarid examines New Mexico's transition from Spanish to Mexican to US control during the nineteenth century and illuminates how emerging class differences played a crucial role in the regime change.



Histories of Drug Trafficking in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Wil G. Pansters, Benjamin T. Smith

This work brings together a new generation of drug historians and new historical sources to uncover the history of the drug trade and its regulations.



James Silas Calhoun

First Governor of New Mexico Territory and First Indian Agent

Sherry Robinson

Veteran journalist and author Sherry Robinson presents readers with the first full biography of New Mexico's first territorial governor, James Silas Calhoun.



Jesuits and Race

A Global History of Continuity and Change, 1530-2020

Nathaniel Millett, Charles H. Parker

Jesuits and Race examines the role that the Society of Jesus played in shaping Western understandings about race and explores the impact the Order had on the lives and societies of non-European peoples throughout history.



John P. Slough

The Forgotten Civil War General

Richard L. Miller

Recounting Slough's timeless story of rise and fall during America's most tumultuous decades, historian Richard L. Miller brings to life this extraordinary figure.



Ladina Social Activism in Guatemala City, 1871-1954

Patricia Harms

In this groundbreaking new study on ladinas in Guatemala City, Patricia Harms contests the virtual erasure of women from the country's national memory and its historical consciousness.



Land of Nuclear Enchantment

A New Mexican History of the Nuclear Weapons Industry

Lucie Genay

In this thoughtful social history of New Mexico's nuclear industry, Lucie Genay traces the scientific colonization of the state in the twentieth century from the points of view of the local people.



Living in Silverado

Secret Jews in the Silver Mining Towns of Colonial Mexico

David M. Gitlitz

In this thoroughly researched work, David M. Gitlitz traces the lives and fortunes of three clusters of sixteenth-century crypto-Jews in Mexico's silver mining towns.



Malintzin's Choices

An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico

Camilla Townsend

The complicated life of the real woman who came to be known as La Malinche.



Mexico in the Time of Cholera

Donald Fithian Stevens

The book takes the devastating 1833 cholera epidemic as its dramatic center and expands beyond this episode to explore love, lust, lies, and midwives.



Murder in Mérida, 1792

Violence, Factions, and the Law

Mark W. Lentz

This book recounts the mystery of the Gálvez murder and its resolution, an event that captured contemporaries' imaginations throughout the Hispanic world and caused consternation on the part of authorities in both Mexico and Madrid.



Nación Genízara

Ethnogenesis, Place, and Identity in New Mexico

Moises Gonzales, Enrique R. Lamadrid

Nación Genízara examines the history, cultural evolution, and survival of the Genízaro people.



Native Peoples, Politics, and Society in Contemporary Paraguay

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Barbara A. Ganson

This unique collection of multidisciplinary essays explores recent developments in Paraguay over the course of the last thirty years since General Alfredo Stroessner fell from power in 1989.



The Nature of Lake Tahoe

A Photographic History, 1860–1960

Peter Goin

Preserving this rich history through an extensive collection of archival images, Peter Goin presents a photographic history of the Tahoe Basin over a hundred-year period in The Nature of Lake Tahoe.



New Mexico's Moses

Reies López Tijerina and the Religious Origins of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

Ramón A. Gutiérrez

In New Mexico's Moses, Ramón A. Gutiérrez dives deeply into Reies López Tijerina's religious formation during the 1940s and 1950s, illustrating how his Pentecostal foundation remained an integral part of his psyche even as he migrated toward social-movement politics.



The Origins of Macho

Men and Masculinity in Colonial Mexico

Sonya Lipsett-Rivera

Lipsett-Rivera traces the genesis of the Mexican macho by looking at daily interactions between Mexican men in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.




A Social History of the Albuquerque Locomotive Repair Shops

Richard Flint, Shirley Cushing Flint

In Overhaul, historians Richard Flint and Shirley Cushing Flint present the largely forgotten story of Albuquerque's locomotive repair shops, which were the driving force behind the city's economy for more than seventy years.



Pious Imperialism

Spanish Rule and the Cult of Saints in Mexico City

Cornelius Conover

This book analyzes Spanish rule and Catholic practice from the consolidation of Spanish control in the Americas in the sixteenth century to the loss of these colonies in the nineteenth century by following the life and afterlife of an accidental martyr, San Felipe de Jésus.



Press, Power, and Culture in Imperial Brazil

Hendrik Kraay, Celso Thomas Castilho, Teresa Cribelli

Press, Power, and Culture in Imperial Brazil introduces recent Brazilian scholarship to English-language readers, providing fresh perspectives on newspaper and periodical culture in the Brazilian empire from 1822 to 1889.



Prizefighting and Civilization

A Cultural History of Boxing, Race, and Masculinity in Mexico and Cuba, 1840-1940

David C. LaFevor

In Prizefighting and Civilization: A Cultural History of Boxing, Race, and Masculinity in Mexico and Cuba, 1840-1940, historian David C. LaFevor traces the history of pugilism in Mexico and Cuba from its controversial beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century through its exponential rise in popularity during the early twentieth century.



Requiem for America’s Best Idea

National Parks in the Era of Climate Change

Michael J. Yochim, William R. Lowry

A poignant and thought-provoking work, Requiem for America's Best Idea investigates the interactions between people and nature and the world that can inspire and destroy them.



Richard Tregaskis

Reporting under Fire from Guadalcanal to Vietnam

Ray E. Boomhower

In the late summer of 1942, more than ten thousand members of the First Marine Division held a tenuous toehold on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal. As American marines battled Japanese forces for control...



Sky Rider

Park Van Tassel and the Rise of Ballooning in the West

Gary B. Fogel, Dick Brown

Sky Rider weaves together the many threads of Van Tassel's extraordinary life journey, situating him at last in his rightful place among the prominent aerial exhibitionists of his time.



Staging Frontiers

The Making of Modern Popular Culture in Argentina and Uruguay

William Garrett Acree

In this expansive and engaging narrative William Acree guides readers through the deep history of popular entertainment before turning to circus culture and rural dramas that celebrated the countryside on stage.



Tides of Revolution

Information, Insurgencies, and the Crisis of Colonial Rule in Venezuela

Cristina Soriano

This is a book about the links between politics and literacy, and about how radical ideas spread in a world without printing presses.



A Troubled Marriage

Indigenous Elites of the Colonial Americas

Sean F. McEnroe

A Troubled Marriage describes the lives of native leaders whose resilience and creativity allowed them to survive and prosper in the traumatic era of European conquest and colonial rule.



Tucumcari Tonite!

A Story of Railroads, Route 66, and the Waning of a Western Town

David H. Stratton

Tucumcari Tonite! blends in-depth research and personal and family experiences to re-create a "memoir" of Tucumcari.



Unburied Lives

The Historical Archaeology of Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Davis, Texas, 1869–1875

Laurie A. Wilkie

In Unburied Lives Wilkie demonstrates how we can "listen" to stories found in things neglected, ignored, or disparaged--documents not consulted, architecture not studied, material traces preserved in the dirt.



Under the Cap of Invisibility

The Pantex Nuclear Weapons Plant and the Texas Panhandle

Lucie Genay, Alex Hunt

The book investigates how Pantex has impacted local identity by molding elements of the past into the guaranty of its future and its concealment.



Untangling a Red, White, and Black Heritage

A Personal History of the Allotment Era

Darnella Davis

Examining the legacy of racial mixing in Indian Territory through the land and lives of two families, one of Cherokee Freedman descent and one of Muscogee Creek heritage, Darnella Davis's memoir writes a new chapter in the history of racial mixing on the frontier.



A Woman, a Man, a Nation

Mariquita Sánchez, Juan Manuel de Rosas, and the Beginnings of Argentina

Jeffrey M. Shumway

Mariquita's and Juan Manuel's lives corresponded with the major events and processes that shaped the turbulent beginnings of the Argentine nation, many of which also shaped Latin America and the Atlantic World during the Age of Revolution (1750-1850).