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Olson, James Stuart 1946-

Works: 85 works in 508 publications in 1 language and 38,847 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Encyclopedias  Biography  Biography‡vDictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director
Classifications: DS558, 791.43028092
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Most widely held works about James Stuart Olson
Most widely held works by James Stuart Olson
Where the domino fell : America and Vietnam, 1945 to 1990 by James Stuart Olson( Book )

52 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 1,747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Where the domino fell recounts the history of American involvement in Vietnam from the end of World War II to the present, clarifying the political aims, military strategy, and social and economic factors that contributed to the participants' actions"--Publisher's description
Dictionary of the Vietnam War( Book )

13 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 1,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains alphabetically arranged essays that provide information on people, legislation, military operations, and controversies related to American participation in the Vietnam War, focusing on the years between 1945 and 1975; each with references and cross-references
John Wayne : American by Randy Roberts( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 1,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of beloved actor and American John Wayne
A line in the sand : the Alamo in blood and memory by Randy Roberts( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors of the bestselling "John Wayne: American" offer a groundbreaking retelling of the most legendary battle in American history and a rich exploration of a great American myth. Of photos. In late February and early March of 1836, the Mexican Army under the command of General Antonio L pez de Santa Anna besieged a small force of Anglo and Tejano rebels at a mission known as the Alamo. The defenders of the Alamo were in an impossible situation. They knew very little of the events taking place outside the mission walls. They did not have much of an understanding of Santa Anna or of his government in Mexico City. They sent out contradictory messages, they received contradictory communications, they moved blindly and planned in the dark. And in the dark early morning of March 6, they died. In that brief, confusing, and deadly encounter, one of America's most potent symbols was born. The story of the last stand at the Alamo grew from a Texas rallying cry, to a national slogan, to a phenomenon of popular culture and presidential politics. Yet it has been a hotly contested symbol from the first. Questions remain about what really happened: Did William Travis really draw a line in the sand? Did Davy Crockett die fighting, surrounded by the bodies of two dozen of the enemy? And what of the participants' motives and purposes? Were the Texans justified in their rebellion? Were they sincere patriots making a last stand for freedom and liberty, or were they a ragtag collection of greedy men-on-the-make, washed-up politicians, and backwoods bullies, Americans bent on extending American slavery into a foreign land? The full story of the Alamo -- from the weeks and months that led up to the fateful encounter to the movies and speeches that continue to remember it today -- is a quintessential story of America's past and a fascinating window into our collective memory. In A Line in the Sand, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and James Olson use a wealth of archival sources, including the diary of Jos Enrique de la Pe a, along with important and little-used Mexican documents, to retell the story of the Alamo for a new generation of Americans. They explain what happened from the perspective of all parties, not just Anglo and Mexican soldiers, but also Tejano allies and bystanders. They delve anew into the mysteries of Crockett's final hours and Travis's famous rhetoric. Finally, they show how preservationists, television and movie producers, historians, and politicians have become the Alamo's major interpreters. Walt Disney, John Wayne, and scores of journalists and cultural critics have used the Alamo to contest the very meaning of America, and thereby helped us all to "remember the Alamo."
The ethnic dimension in American history by James Stuart Olson( Book )

27 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in English and held by 1,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ethnic Dimension in American History is a thorough survey of the role that ethnicity has played in shaping the history of the United States. Considering ethnicity in terms of race, language, religion and national origin, this important text examines its effects on social relations, public policy and economic development. A thorough survey of the role that ethnicity has played in shaping the history of the United States, including the effects of ethnicity on social relations, public policy and economic developmentIncludes histories of a wide range of ethnic groups including African American
Bathsheba's breast : women, cancer & history by James Stuart Olson( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1967, an Italian surgeon touring Amsterdam's Rijks museum stopped in front of Rembrandt's Bathsheba at the Well, on loan from the Louvre, and noticed an asymmetry to Bathsheba's left breast it seemed distended, swollen near the armpit, discolored, and marked with a distinctive pitting. With a little research, the physician learned that Rembrandt's model, his mistress Hendrickje Stoffels, later died after a long illness, and he conjectured in a celebrated article for an Italian medical journal that the cause of her death was almost certainly breast cancer. A horror known to every culture in every age, breast cancer has been responsible for the deaths of 25 million women throughout history. An Egyptian physician writing 3,500 years ago concluded that there was no treatment for the disease. Later surgeons recommended excising the tumor or, in extreme cases, the entire breast. This was the treatment advocated by the court physician to sixth-century Byzantine empress Theodora, the wife of Justinian, though she chose to die in pain rather than lose her breast. Only in the past few decades has treatment advanced beyond disfiguring surgery. In this book, historian James S. Olson provides an absorbing and often frightening narrative history of breast cancer told through the heroic stories of women who have confronted the disease, from Theodora to Anne of Austria, Louis XIV's mother, who confronted "nun's disease" by perfecting the art of dying well, to Dr. Jerri Nielson, who was dramatically evacuated from the South Pole in 1999 after performing a biopsy on her own breast and self-administering chemotherapy. Olson explores every facet of the disease: medicine's evolving understanding of its pathology and treatment options, its cultural significance, the political and economic logic that has dictated the terms of a war on a "woman's disease", and the rise of patient activism. Olson concludes that, although it has not yet been conquered, breast cancer is no longer the story of individual women struggling alone against a mysterious and deadly foe
Winning is the only thing : sports in America since 1945 by Randy Roberts( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes a hard look at the dark side of American sports
Historical dictionary of the New Deal : from inauguration to preparation for war( Book )

8 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Native Americans in the twentieth century by James Stuart Olson( Book )

20 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encyclopedia of the industrial revolution in America by James Stuart Olson( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains over two hundred alphabetically arranged articles that provide information about key individuals, technologies, inventions, court cases, companies, political institutions, economic events, and legislation during the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. from 1750 to 1920
Cuban Americans : from trauma to triumph by James Stuart Olson( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this insightful and fascinating survey of Cuban-American settlement in the United States, James and Judith Olson look at the unique Cuban-American identity - still intact, highly visible, and politically active - maintained by a people separated from their homeland by ideology and a mere 90 miles across the Straits of Florida. The Olsons point out that, more so than any other U.S. ethnic group, Cuban Americans have achieved a remarkable degree of demographic concentration, primarily settling in the Miami area, and have been among the most politically visible and the most economically successful of immigrant groups, considering that in the early 1990s they were among the most recent arrivals to the United States. The Olsons take a chronological approach to Cuban immigration, covering the origins of a Cuban culture in America, the early Cuban-American community here, Castro's 1955 revolution and reaction to it in Cuba and the United States, Cuban America in the 1950s, the "Golden Exiles" who entered the United States from 1959 to 1970, change and assimilation within the Cuban-American community from 1970 to 1980, immigrants from the Mariel boatlift, and, finally, Cuban America in 1995. Today, the Olsons note, American corporations and Cuban-American entrepreneurs stand poised to do business on the island the minute Castro's stranglehold gives way: hotels, cruise lines, airline companies, cable-television companies, and fast-food franchises are ready to bring capitalism and American popular culture back to Cuba. In the meantime, culturally, economically, and politically rich and bustling Cuban-American enclaves contribute to a unique, hybrid heritage that may one day be returned to Cuba but with a character distinctly its own
Encyclopedia of American Indian civil rights( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Individual demands for equality and civil rights are central themes in U.S. history and American Indian people are no exception. They have had to deal with white racism and its expression in local and national political institutions while trying to define the rights of individual Indians vis-a-vis their own tribal governments. The struggle has made their civil rights movement unique. This encyclopedia, designed to meet the curriculum needs of high school and college students, provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of American Indian civil rights issues. More than 600 entries cover a variety of perspectives, issues, individuals, incidents, and court cases central to an understanding of the history of civil rights among American Indian peoples
The peoples of Africa : an ethnohistorical dictionary by James Stuart Olson( Book )

19 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historical dictionary of the 1960s by James Stuart Olson( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book takes an encyclopedic look at the decade of the 1960s, at the individuals who shaped the era, the civil rights movement, the antiwar movement, the women's movement and the youth rebellion. It covers the political, military, social, cultural, religious, economic and diplomatic topics that made the 60s a unique decade in US history
The Indians of Central and South America : an ethnohistorical dictionary by James Stuart Olson( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a juncture in history when much interest and attention is focused on Central and South American political, ecological, social, and environmental concerns, this dictionary fills a major gap in reference materials relating to Amerindian tribes. This one-volume reference collects important information about the current status of the indigenous peoples of Central and South America and offers a chronology of the conquest of the Amerindian tribes; a list of tribes by country; and an extensive bibliography of surviving American Indian groups. Historical as well as contemporary descriptions of appr
Historical dictionary of the 1970s( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 1970s were difficult years for the United States, a time when long-held convictions were challenged and the nation experienced a collective identity crisis. Women and minorities called into question the belief that freedom and equality are the birthright of all Americans. Watergate and related scandals of the Nixon administration damaged the country's faith in politicians and the political system. The Arab oil boycott, the energy crisis, the environmental movement, and years of stagflation raised doubts about the future of the nation's economy, and in the jungles of Vietnam, many Americans began to doubt their ability to protect the world from Communism. This book includes entries on the prominent people, significant events, issues and controversies, and the culture of the decade
Historical dictionary of the 1950s by James Stuart Olson( Book )

12 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes essays about the prominent people, issues, scandals, fads, events, ideas, films, radio and television programs, and court cases of the decade
An ethnohistorical dictionary of China by James Stuart Olson( Book )

20 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designed to give readers a ready reference for background information on interpreting ethnic events in China. Provides essays on hundreds of Chinese ethnic groups, including ethnic groups living in the Republic of China on Taiwan
Historical dictionary of the Great Depression, 1929-1940 by James Stuart Olson( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: Today when most Americans think of the Great Depression, they imagine desperate hoboes riding the rails in search of work, unemployed men selling pencils to indifferent crowds, bootleggers hustling illegal booze to secrecy-shrouded speakeasies, FDR smiling, or Judy Garland skipping along the yellow brick road. Hard times have become an abstraction. But there was a time when economic suffering was real, when hunger stalked the land, and Americans tried to forget their troubles in movie theaters or in front of a radio. From the stock market crash of October 1929 to Germany's invasion of Norway, France, and the Low Countries in 1940, the Great Depression blanketed the world economy. Its impact was particularly deep and direct in the United States. This was the era when the federal government became a major player in the national economy and Americans bestowed the responsibility for maintaining full employment and stable prices on Congress and the White House, making the Depression years a major watershed in U.S. history. In more than 500 essays, this book provides a ready reference to those hard times, covering the diplomacy, popular culture, intellectual life, economic problems, public policy issues, and prominent individuals of the era
Historical dictionary of war journalism by Mitchel P Roth( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Dictionary of the Vietnam War
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Dictionary of the Vietnam WarJohn Wayne : AmericanA line in the sand : the Alamo in blood and memoryThe ethnic dimension in American historyBathsheba's breast : women, cancer & historyHistorical dictionary of the New Deal : from inauguration to preparation for warNative Americans in the twentieth centuryEncyclopedia of the industrial revolution in America