Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (Google eBook)
From the Alianza Hispano-Americana, a mutual aid society founded in Tucson, Arizona in 1894, to the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles in 1943, this first-ever dictionary of important issues in the U.S. Latino struggle for civil rights defines a wide-ranging list of key terms. With over 922 entries on significant events, figures, laws, and other historical items, this ground-breaking reference work covers the fight for equality from the mid-nineteenth century to the present by the various Hispanic groups in the U.S. Rosales chronicles such landmark events as the development of farm worker unions and immigrant rights groups to the forces behind bilingual-bicultural education, feminist activities, and protests over discrimination, segregation, and police brutality. In this volume, he provides a comprehensive look at the history of the Latino civil rights movement. In addition to covering all of the major events in labor, politics, land reclamation, and education, this pioneering work includes never-before-published biographies of the major players in the history of Americas largest minority group. An array of historical photos and entries outline the activities of all Hispanic populations in the United States, including citizens and immigrants, men and women. A complete subject index, timeline, and bibliographic documentation complement this definitive reference work compiled by the most respected authority on Latino civil rights.
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Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (Hispanic Civil Rights)User Review - Book Verdict
The wordLatino is inherently problematic because it must do more work than most words-it must describe a group of people from Central and South America and the Caribbean with varying degrees of attachment to their heritage while presupposing that these people are similar enough that they ought to be described as such. With this dictionary, Rosales (history, Arizona State Univ., Tempe;Testimonio: A Documentary History of the Mexican-American Struggle for Civil Rights ) confronts the imperfection of this word and others. Averaging 250 words, more than 900 A-to-Z entries-e.g., "racial construction of Latinos," "Chicano"-cover the mid-19th century to the present and are largely political; topics include mutual aid societies, labor movements, legal documents, and immigration legislation as well as polarizing events like the Zoot Suit Riots. The text, which focuses on Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican history, includes short biographies on activists and politicians; the final section features a useful time line of Latino civil rights. Some 89 black-and-white illustrations and a subject index enhance the proceedings.Bottom Line The author's expertise in this field adds legitimacy to the broad, seemingly arbitrary selection of entries. While not attempting to replace more extensive reference works, such as Gale'sHispanic-American: A Reference Work on Hispanics in the United States (Gale, 1993) or Grolier'sEncyclopedia Latina: History, Culture and Society in the United States (2005), Rosales's dictionary will supply search ideas for Latino civil rights as well as provide concise definitions. A wise purchase for larger public and academic libraries.- Jim Hahn, Harper Coll. Lib., Palatine, IL
Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
F. Arturo Rosales
Limited preview - 1997