Book Award

Congratulations to Dr. Juan Coronado on his book award. He is the author of “I’m Not Gonna Die in This Damn Place” Manliness, Identity, and Survival of the Mexican American Vietnam Prisoners of War. Juan attended the award event this past weekend in LA.
#southwest #oralhistory #history #historians #LosAngeles

The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History

Cover for The Oxford Handbook of American Womens and Gender History

 Marcia M. Gallo, UNLV Associate Professor and SOHA Co-President wrote “Sexual Minorities and Sexual Rights” in The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender HistoryIt was edited by Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa G. Materson, UC Davis History Professors.

Oxford Handbooks

  • Engages with transnational and multiracial perspectives across six centuries of American history
  • Includes political, cultural, and social history perspectives
  • Treats women’s and gender history as an integrated field
  • Brings together multiple generations of leading scholars

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Introduction: Women, Gender, and American History
Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa G. Materson


1. Gender Frontiers and Early Encounters
Kathleen M. Brown

2. Manhood and the US Republican Empire
Toby L. Ditz

3. Women and Conquest in the American West
Deena J. González

4. Women, Gender, Migration, and Modern US Imperialism
Lorena Oropeza


5. Women, Unfree Labor, and Slavery in the Atlantic World
Marisa J. Fuentes

6. Women, Power, and Families in Early Modern North America
Sarah M. S. Pearsall

7. Women and Slavery in the Nineteenth Century
Daina Ramey Berry and Nakia D. Parker

8. Women’s Labors in Industrial and Post-Industrial America
Eileen Boris and Lara Vapnek


9. Public and Print Cultures of Sex in the Long Nineteenth Century
Patricia Cline Cohen

10. Interracial Sex, Marriage, and the Nation
Mary Ting Yi Lui

11. Reproduction, Birth Control, and Motherhood in the United States
Rickie Solinger

12. Sexual Coercion in America
Sharon Block

13. Gender, the Body, and Disability
Rebecca Kluchin

14. Transgender Representations, Identities, and Communities
Jen Manion


15. Women, Trade, and the Roots of Consumer Societies
Serena R. Zabin

16. Gender and Consumption in the Modern United States
Tracey Deutsch

17. Women at Play in Popular Culture
M. Alison Kibler

18. Women, Gender, and Religion in the United States
Ann Braude


19. Religion, Reform, and Anti-Slavery
Margaret Washington

20. Women’s Rights, Suffrage, and Citizenship, 1789-1920
Ellen Carol DuBois

21. Women, Gender, Race, and the Welfare State
Rhonda Y. Williams

22. US Feminisms and Their Global Connections
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

23. Sexual Minorities and Sexual Rights
Marcia M. Gallo

24. Women, Gender, and Conservatism in Twentieth-Century America
Michelle Nickerson


25. Women, War, and Revolution
Kate Haulman

26. Women, the Civil War, and Reconstruction
Hannah Rosen

27. Women and World War in Comparative Perspective
Meghan K. Winchell

28. Gender, Civil Rights, and the US Global Cold War
Dayo F. Gore



Headshot of Marcia GalloMarcia M. Gallo received her Ph.D. with distinction from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2004. She published her first book, the prizewinning Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movements, in 2006 (Carroll & Graf); it was reissued in 2007 (Seal Press).

In 2015, Gallo published “No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy(Cornell University Press), which examines the story of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, whose rape and murder in Queens, New York in 1964 became an international symbol of urban decay. Described as “incisive,” it explores the construction and promotion of an infamous true crime story within the context of the social movements of the times. “No One Helped” won both the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Nonfiction and the 2015 Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction; it also was a finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Awards (USA Book News) for Gay & Lesbian Nonfiction.

Gallo also has contributed essays and book chapters exploring post-World War II feminism, progressive queer politics, and oral history methodology to journals as well as edited collections.

As Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Gallo teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on race, gender and sexuality as well as, oral history and public history. She serves as President of the Southwest Oral History Association for 2015-17.

UNLV University Forum with Juan Coronado

Juan Coronado, SOHA Co-President, will be speaking at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) for the University Forum. It is scheduled for Wednesday March 13. It is sponsored by the History Department, College of Education,  Oral History Research Center, SOHA, Phi Alpha Theta, and QUNLV.

“Giving Voice to Chicano Vietnam War POWs through Oral History” brings attention to the sacrifices Latinx veterans have contributed to the U.S. and sheds light on the Latinx experience in the U.S that too often is ignored in history and popular culture.

The Latinx community in the U.S. today is living during difficult social and political times. Despite Latinos playing an integral part in all aspects of U.S. society, including in the military, national rhetoric attempts to shift public sentiments, denies most of the contributions of Latinos and instead demonizes and dehumanizes them. The family separation crisis on the border this year speaks to this type of treatment. Further, Latinx veterans themselves face deportation and have been subject to deportation for quite some time.
Juan D. Coronado has produced the first academic work on Latino Vietnam War POWs. To do so he conducted in-depth oral histories with all surviving Chicano POWs. For several of these individuals, this was the 5rst time they spoke openly of their experiences while in captivity with anyone, including family. Published in 2018, his book I’m Not Gonna Die in this Damn Place: Manliness, Identity, and Survival of the Mexican American Vietnam Prisoners of War (Michigan State University Press) provides more than an account of the military experience. From a Chicano perspective, this study also brings to life the conflicted era that saw the clashes of several movements, including the civil rights movements, the antiwar movement, and the women’s liberation movement. Coronado’s book has received praise by both academic reviewers and by military periodical reviewers and is intended for wider audiences.

JUAN DAVID CORONADO is a postdoctoral scholar at the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. A native of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, he previously taught history at the University of Texas–Pan American. He is the coauthor of Mexican American Baseball in South Texas and serves on the board of the Southwest Oral History Association.

Veteran’s Day Lecture

Dr. Juan Coronado, SOHA Co-president, delivered a lecture at the University of Houston this past week to honor Veteran’s Day. His work focuses on Latino #Vietnam military experiences. View the review of his recent #book on the SOHA blog,

#military #historian #history #Texas #Houston #lecture #publication #oralhistory #narrative

The Earth Memory Compass

king.jpgCongratulations to Farina King, SOHA 2nd VP, for her recent book publication!

The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century

The Diné, or Navajo, have their own ways of knowing and being in the world, a cultural identity linked to their homelands through ancestral memory. The Earth Memory Compasstraces this tradition as it is imparted from generation to generation, and as it has been transformed, and often obscured, by modern modes of education. An autoethnography of sorts, the book follows Farina King’s search for her own Diné identity as she investigates the interconnections among Navajo students, their people, and Diné Bikéyah—or Navajo lands—across the twentieth century.

In her exploration of how historical changes in education have reshaped Diné identity and community, King draws on the insights of ethnohistory, cultural history, and Navajo language. At the center of her study is the Diné idea of the Four Directions, in which each of the cardinal directions takes its meaning from a sacred mountain and its accompanying element: East, for instance, is Sis Naajin (Blanca Peak) and white shell; West, Dook’o’oosłííd (San Francisco Peaks) and abalone; North, Dibé Nitsaa (Hesperus Peak) and black jet; South, Tsoodził (Mount Taylor) and turquoise. King elaborates on the meanings and teachings of the mountains and directions throughout her book to illuminate how Navajos have embedded memories in landmarks to serve as a compass for their people—a compass threatened by the dislocation and disconnection of Diné students from their land, communities, and Navajo ways of learning.

“Farina King’s study offers a passionate and thoughtful account of how the Diné, by holding on to their sacred ways of knowing and living, have withstood the long ordeal of educational colonialism. Beautifully written, bold in conception, and packed with intimate stories, this is a must-read for those interested in how indigenous peoples might maintain or rediscover ancestral identities.”

—David W. Adams, author of Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875–1928 and Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890–1990

“In engaging and readable prose, Farina King has produced a compelling autoethnography wherein she introduces readers to the concept of the Earth Memory Compass in order to get academics and laypeople alike to rethink the history of twentieth-century Diné educational experiences. In the process, she helps readers think about land, knowledge, and collective identity creation in ways that will help subsequent generations of scholars forge new work.”

—Erika Bsumek, author of Indian-Made: Navajo Culture in the Marketplace, 1868–1940

Critical to this story is how inextricably Indigenous education and experience is intertwined with American dynamics of power and history. As environmental catastrophes and struggles over resources sever the connections among peoplehood, land, and water, Kings book holds out hope that the teachings, guidance, and knowledge of an earth memory compass still have the power to bring the people and the earth together.

Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University

About the Author

Farina King is assistant professor of history and affiliate of the Cherokee and Indigenous Studies Department at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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I’m Not Gonna Die in This Damn Place

Congratulations to Juan Coronado, SOHA Co-President, for his recent book publication! His book, I’m Not Gonna Die in This Damn Place: Manliness, Identity, and Survival of the Mexican American Vietnam Prisoners of War (Latinos in the United States), was officially published by Michigan State University in March 2018. Learn more about the book and order your copy at

Check out the positive review of the book in Publishers Weekly. Others have also praised his work that features oral histories of Mexican American POWs and Chicano Vietnam War experiences and stories:

From the start, and by design, the story of America’s Vietnam prisoners of war was disciplined into an official version. By focusing attention on the Mexican American Vietnam POWs, Juan David Coronado not only identifies how their shared cultural heritage affected their lives before, during, and after captivity, but also shows us just how diverse even a small group of prisoners could actually be. A welcome contribution to our understanding of American POW history. –Craig Howes, Director, Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and author, Voices of the Vietnam POWs: Witnesses to Their Fight

Juan David Coronado has written a superb and important examination of Chicano prisoners of war in Vietnam; the firstaccount experiences reflected in the work add to this enlightening academic read.

–Charley Trujillo, author of Dogs from Illusion, American Book Award winner for Soldados, and codirector of the companion document


Michigan State University Press Paperback

$29.95 USD ISBN: 9781611862720

eBook$23.95 USD

ISBN: 9781609175542


Chiriaco Summit Author

SOHA’s Dr. Mary Contini Gordon was recently a part of Calabasas Author’s Night. Please see the article posted on the station’s site below:

“Business and Innovation Leader, Speaker, Writer/Researcher and Author Dr. Mary Contini Gordon is a meticulous researcher with years of examining organizational issues in the public and private sectors. She was the executive director of the Hughes Institute for Professional Development and oversaw professional and executive development across all five Hughes Companies. After retiring at the end of 2008, she became the facilitator for the Arizona Technology Council’s CEO Network in Tucson, mostly small companies, some family businesses.

Her latest book, “Chiriaco Summit, Built by Love in the Desert“: “Wine was free, but we had to pay for water.”

Joe Chiriaco and his thirteen siblings heard this from their Italian immigrant father as he recounted his ocean journey to America. In the face of limited water and rudimentary dirt roads, Joe and his Norwegian wife, Ruth Bergseid, founded Chiriaco Summit in the 1930s, a desert travel oasis on today’s Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles, promising to serve the world on wheels.

The twenty-four-seven challenges are lightened with the courtship of two feisty lovers, the frolicking of youngsters in the desert, more loves, and the juxtaposition of some very imposing personalities, including those of Joe Chiriaco and General Patton.

After moving through new aqueducts and highways, military camps, societal upheavals, and a welcome new set of hard-working immigrants, the twenty-first century brings provisions for electric cars, modern aircraft, and ATV facilities outside Joshua Tree National Park from whence the first Summit waters flowed.

Dr. Gordon is dedicated to telling the stories of those who may not be well known, but contribute mightily to the fabric of this country.”

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