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Cover of "Oil and Urbanization on the Pacific Coast" featuring a bird's eye view of a city
Ralph Bramel Lloyd and the Shaping of the Urban West
Michael R. Adamson

"Oil and Urbanization on the Pacific Coast: Ralph Bramel Lloyd and the Shaping of the Urban West" tells the story of oilman Ralph Bramel ...

Valley of the Guns
The Pleasant Valley War and the Trauma of Violence

In the late 1880s, Pleasant Valley, Arizona, descended into a nightmare of violence, murder, and mayhem. By the time the Pleasant Valley War was ...

Cover of "A Responsive Rhetorical Art" by Elenore Long featuring a woman speaking
Artistic Methods for Contemporary Public Life
Elenore Long

"A Responsive Rhetorical Art" explores the risk-ridden realm of wise if always also fallible rhetorical action — the productive knowledge-building ...

Cover of Traditional Ecological Knowledge edited by Nelson and Shilling with fish and animal design
Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability
Joan McGregor
Edited by Melissa K. Nelson, Dan Shilling

This book examines the importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and how it can provide models for a time-tested form of sustainability ...

Cover of Indigenous Rhetoric and Survival in the Nineteenth Century by Elizabeth Lowry
A Yurok Woman Speaks Out
Elizabeth Schleber Lowry

In 1916, Lucy Thompson, an indigenous woman from Northwestern California, published "To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman." The ...

Cover of "Elder Brother's Maze" by Jan Kelly featuring a desert background and a maze design
Book One of the Arizona Series
Jan Kelly

The ancient desert O’odham people’s creation stories parallel the path a young Guy Thornton takes to emerge from the “maze” he has made of his ...

Cover of "Listen to the Poet" by Wendy Williams featuring a microphone against a blurred crowd
Writing, Performance, and Community in Youth Spoken Word Poetry
Wendy R. Williams

Youth spoken word poetry groups are on the rise in the United States, offering safe spaces for young people to write and perform. These diverse ...

"Elizabeth Seton" Book Cover featuring a profile of a woman
American Saint
Catherine O'Donnell

In 1975, two centuries after her birth, Pope Paul VI canonized Elizabeth Ann Seton, making her the first saint to be a native-born citizen of the ...


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