Latino America

Latino America

A State-by-state Encyclopedia

Book - 2008
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A Hispanic and Latino presence in what is now the United States goes back to Spanish settlement in the sixteenth century in Florida and the progressive U.S. conquest of the Spanish-controlled territory of California and the Southwest by 1853 and the Gadsden Purchase. Mexicans in this newly American territory had to struggle to hold on to their land. The overlooked history and the debates over new immigration from Mexico and Central America are illuminated by this first state-by-state history of people termed Latinos or Hispanics. Much of this information is hard to find and has never been researched before. Students and other readers will be able to trace the Latino presence through time per state through a chronology and historical overview and read about noteworthy Latinos in the state and the cultural contributions Latinos have made to communities in that state. Taken together, a more complete picture of Latinos emerges. The information allows understanding of the current status-where the Latino presence is now, what types of work they are doing, and how they are faring in places with only a small Latino presence.
Latino history in each state is illuminated for the first time.

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Forty-seven American academics and independent scholars contribute 51 chapters to a resource text for students, educators, and general readers documenting the history of Latinos in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The first volume contains a general introduction to the topic. Each state chapter contains an annotated timeline of the role and impact of Latino Americans in the state; an historical overview examining the political, social, and economic histories of Latinos in the region; a list, in chronological birth order, of notable Latinos, each with a brief description of the individual's contributions to the state; a section describing the cultural expressions, rituals and traditions of the state's Latino/a population; and notes and bibliography sections providing resources for further reading and research. The second volume contains an appendix listing the U.S. Census data of Latinos from 1870- 2000 and a subject index for both volumes. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Presents a history of the Hispanic American population in each of the fifty states, covering such topics as a chronology of settlement, traditions, cultural contributions, famous Latino citizens, and current population status.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2008
ISBN: 0313341184 (vol. 2 : alk. paper)
9780313341182 (vol. 2 : alk. paper)
0313341176 (vol. 1 : alk. paper)
9780313341175 (vol. 1 : alk. paper)
0313341168 (set : alk. paper)
9780313341168 (set : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: R973.0468 LAT
Characteristics: 2 v. (xxiii, 957 p.) : ill, maps ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Overmyer-Velázquez, Mark

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