The Oxford Guide to the United States Government

Author: John J. Patrick
Publisher: Oxford [England] : New York : Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195142730
Release Date: 2001-07-04
Genre: Political Science

Entries offer profiles of United States presidents, vice presidents, Supreme Court justices, and other significant figures, and information on elections, legislation, Supreme Court decisions, and major issues.

A Queer History of the United States

Author: Michael Bronski
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 9780807044391
Release Date: 2011
Genre: History

“In the age of Twitter and reductive history, we need a complex, fully realized, radical reassessment of history—and A Queer History of the United States is exactly that. Along the way, there are enough revelations and reassessments to fuel dozens of arguments about how we got to where we are today. I don't know when I have enjoyed a history so much.” —Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

Mexico and the United States

Author: Lee Stacy
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
ISBN: 0761474021
Release Date: 2002-10-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Examines the history and culture of Mexico and its relations with its neighbors to the north and east from the Spanish Conquest to the current presidency of Vicente Fox.

The United States in Asia

Author: David Shavit
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 031326788X
Release Date: 1990
Genre: History

"Shavit's historical dictionary addresses the critical need in academic libraries for reference sources that provide students of American foreign policy with introductory information on the persons, events, and institutions that have influenced US relations with other nations. . . . A useful dictionary." Choice

Beneath the United States

Author: Lars Schoultz
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674043286
Release Date: 2009-07-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In this sweeping history of United States policy toward Latin America, Lars Schoultz shows that the United States has always perceived Latin America as a fundamentally inferior neighbor, unable to manage its affairs and stubbornly underdeveloped. This perception of inferiority was apparent from the beginning. John Quincy Adams, who first established diplomatic relations with Latin America, believed that Hispanics were "lazy, dirty, nasty...a parcel of hogs." In the early nineteenth century, ex-President John Adams declared that any effort to implant democracy in Latin America was "as absurd as similar plans would be to establish democracies among the birds, beasts, and fishes." Drawing on extraordinarily rich archival sources, Schoultz, one of the country's foremost Latin America scholars, shows how these core beliefs have not changed for two centuries. We have combined self-interest with a "civilizing mission"--a self-abnegating effort by a superior people to help a substandard civilization overcome its defects. William Howard Taft felt the way to accomplish this task was "to knock their heads together until they should maintain peace," while in 1959 CIA Director Allen Dulles warned that "the new Cuban officials had to be treated more or less like children." Schoultz shows that the policies pursued reflected these deeply held convictions. While political correctness censors the expression of such sentiments today, the actions of the United States continue to assume the political and cultural inferiority of Latin America. Schoultz demonstrates that not until the United States perceives its southern neighbors as equals can it anticipate a constructive hemispheric alliance.

Native American Placenames of the United States

Author: William Bright
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0806135980
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

This volume combines historical research and linguistic fieldwork with native speakers from across the United States to present the first comprehensive, up-to-date, scholarly dictionary of American placenames derived from native languages." "Linguist William Bright assembled a team of twelve editorial consultants - experts in Native American languages - and many other native contributors to prepare this lexicon of eleven thousand placenames along with their etymologies. New data from leading scholars make this volume an invaluable reference for students of American Indian culture, folklore, and local histories. Bright's introduction explains his methodology and the contents of each entry. This comprehensive, alphabetical lexicon preserves native language as it details the history and culture found in American indian placenames.

Colombia and the United States

Author: Mario A. Murillo
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 1583226060
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

Exploring in detail the misdirected and devastating impact that millions of dollars of annual U.S. military aid continues to have on the war-torn people of Colombia, this concise book offers a brief history of the country as well as an analysis of the complex forces driving Colombia's decades-old guerrilla war. Ultimately, Murillo argues that the conflict in Colombia is not about drugs, nor guerrillas, nor 'terrorism', but about the unwillingness of the country's elite to open up spaces for democratic participation in economic, social and political areas.

Landscape and Race in the United States

Author: Richard H. Schein
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415949958
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Social Science

Providing information on racialised landscapes in the US, this book investigates social landscapes including Chinatowns, Latino landscapes in the Southwest and white suburban landscapes. Essays provide historical and contemporary coverage for cultural and social geographers and landscape specialists.