Voices of the U.S. Latino experience / edited by Rodolfo F. Acuña and Guadalupe Compeán.

Contributor(s): Acuña, Rodolfo | Compean, Guadalupe | ebrary, IncMaterial type: TextTextSeries: ebraryPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2008Description: 3 v. in 1 (lxvii, 1128 p.)ISBN: 031334020X (set : alk. paper); 9780313340208 (set : alk. paper)Subject(s): Hispanic Americans -- History -- Sources | Latin Americans -- United StatesLOC classification: E184.S75 | V65 2008Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Library Journal Review

This three-volume set uses letters, memoirs, speeches, articles, interviews, treaties, government reports, and oral histories to cover the last four centuries of Latino history. While the editors-Acuna is a professor of Chicano studies at California State University, Northridge, and Compean is an independent scholar-focus on Latinos in the United States, events in Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Central and South America are included when relevant. The collection is primarily made up of Mexican and Mexican American documents as justified by that group's dominant history of contact and migration to America. Examples of documents include excerpts from the Louisiana Purchase (1803), the Monroe Doctrine (1823), and the Treaty of Velasco (1836); letters by Ulysses S. Grant, Henry Clay, John Forsyth, and Ricardo Flores Magon; CIA documents on Guatemela (1954); and the testimony of Maria Elena Durazo before the Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations (1999). The 423 documents are numbered and categorized in 21 time span sections ranging from 1648 to 2007. Each section also has a theme-e.g., "Borders," "Going West," "Independistas," "The Occupation," "Mexican Americans and the Great Depression," and "Chicana/os and Mexican Americans in Contemporary Society." Documents are also listed by group (the "voices" referenced in the title), including but not limited to African Americans, Anglo Americans, Caribbeans, Central Americans, Cubans, and Europeans. Volume 1 includes an introduction and a time line that begins with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which made neighbors of colonial Mexico and the United States. The time line ends in 2007 with the U.S. Census declaration that Latinos are the nation's largest minority group. Documents range in length from a paragraph to ten-plus pages. Each document is preceded by a paragraph or two providing context and an introduction and is followed with a full source citation. These citations can serve as suggestions for further reading in addition to those books, articles, and web sites listed at the end of the introduction. A robust cumulative index in Volume 3 makes finding pertinent documents simple. Bottom line Because other resources in this subject tend toward dated bibliographies and indexes and because reference treatments of Latinos are often grouped in larger reference works on ethnic groups in America, this set fills a gap. And because its strength is in the realm of primary and secondary documents, its use will dovetail with The Hispanic American Almanac: A Reference Work on Hispanics in the United States (Gale Cengage, 2002). Recommended for academic and large public libraries. [Ebk. ISBN 978-0-313-08783-7. $329.95. Available electronically via Greenwood Digital Collection.]-Kathleen Collins, John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This set collects more than 400 primary- and secondary-source documents related to Latinos in the United States from 1648 to the present. Materials include letters, proclamations, speeches, treaties, articles, and interviews. The typically one-to-five page entries are organized chronologically and then by general topic, allowing for some overlap. The 1930s, for example, play a part in "Americanization of Latino Immigrants," "Latinos and the Great Depression," and "Mexican Americans and the Great Depression." The wide range of themes, such as borders, immigration, stereotypes, imperialism, and civil rights, offers multiple perspectives on issues that have affected Latinos over time. Each document includes an introductory paragraph summarizing and contextualizing its historical significance, and source notes, including URLs where applicable. In many cases the entries offer diverse perspectives on the same event. General William Walker's 1867 exploits in Nicaragua, for instance, are explored through a newspaper article about the invasion, an excerpt from a speech by Walker defending his actions, a letter to the editor, and an analysis from a scholarly journal. There are no illustrations and the source material and introductions may be dry and challenging for some readers, but students in need of primary sources will find this a useful resource, and the variety of materials and viewpoints will add depth to research projects.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


This three-volume set presents a diverse collection of primary and secondary resources that examine the role of Latinos in the US from 1648 to 2007. Voices includes letters, memoirs, speeches, essays, interviews, treaties, reports, oral histories, and other documents. Each document contains an introduction explaining its context and importance. Although the collection is divided into sections that cover a significant time period and theme in US/Latino history, researchers also may search for documents by a specific Latino group of interest. Given the intensity of the relationship with the US, readers will notice a focus on Mexicans and Mexican Americans. The documents offer a unique look into the changing identities that formed when cultures and ideals existed and merged with Latino communities. A suggested reading list and time line of US/Latino history further contextualize the events surrounding or contributing to the included documents. With few comprehensive works of this kind, Voices provides a wealth of historical, political, and socioeconomic information that will illuminate crucial stories of Latinos and other ethnic groups within the US. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. L. A. Ganster University at Buffalo Libraries

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Rodolfo F. Acuña is Professor of Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge.

Guadalupe Compeán is an independent scholar.

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