American Studies

Picturing an Exhibition

The Family of Man and 1950s America
By Eric Sandeen

Examines a major photography exhibit and its connections with the politics and culture of the 1950s, and how the U.S.I.A. used it to project a view of American culture abroad.

Land of a Thousand Dances

Chicano Rock 'n' Roll from Southern California
Revised edition
By David ReyesTom Waldman

Reyes and Waldman tell the stories of Chicano rock music in Southern California and the musicians who continue to make pop music with a Latin beat.

Survival Along the Continental Divide

An Anthology of Interviews
By Jack Loeffler

Loeffler has recorded interviews with representatives of the diverse cultures of New Mexico, revealing the cultural mosaic of the people along the Continental Divide.

Bunion Derby

The 1928 Footrace Across America
By Charles B. Kastner

The story of Charley Pyle's 3,400-mile cross country race and extravaganza and the men who endured 84 days of mountains, deserts, mud, and sandstorms to compete for a $25,000 grand prize.

Hip to the Trip

A Cultural History of Route 66
By Peter B. Dedek

Dedek paints a complex portrait of America's most famous highway.

National Parks and the Woman's Voice

A History
Updated edition
By Polly Kaufman

In this updated study, Polly Kaufman discovers that staff are no longer able to fulfill the National Park Service mission without outside support.

Indian Country

Travels in the American Southwest, 1840-1935
By Martin Padget

Indian Country analyzes the works of Anglo writers and artists who encountered American Indians in the course of their travels in the Southwest during the one hundred-year period beginning in 1840.

Silver Cities

Photographing American Urbanization, 1839-1939
Revised and Expanded Edition
By Peter Bacon Hales

This vastly expanded edition presents a lively interdisciplinary history of the first century of urban photography in America.

Brown-Eyed Children of the Sun

Lessons from the Chicano Movement, 1965-1975
By George (Jorge) Mariscal

A broad study of the Chicano/a movement in the Viet Nam War era.

The San Diego World's Fairs and Southwestern Memory, 1880-1940

By Matthew Bokovoy

Bokovoy peels back the rhetoric of romance and reveals the legacies of the San Diego World's Fairs to reimagine the Indian and Hispanic Southwest.