Everything You Need to Know about Latino History
"You're at home eating a fajita for dinner. Your Linda Ronstadt CD has just finished playing, so maybe you'll tune in to your local PBS station to watch a documentary on the historic significance of the Spanish-American War, catch Henry Cisneros discussing urban housing on the news program, or read a favorite book- perhaps the latest by Julia Alvarez. Latino culture, personalities, history are all around us, and despite the fact that Latinos represent the largest growing minority in the United States, most people are woefully uninformed as to the impact the multilayered Latino culture has had on American life. Now, in a lively and readable question-answer format, Cuban-born writer Himilce Novas chronicles the contributions of Spaniards, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Central and South Americans, whose cultures have given us everything from chocolates to chile peppers, from mambos to machismo, and from Desi Arnaz to Oscar Hijuelos. Shattering myths and stereotypes, providing factual information and enlightenment, this fascinating and accessible reference answers such intriguing questions as: If Columbus was Italian, why do Hispanics celebrate Columbus Day? What are the Halls of Montezuma, anyway? Are Irish potatoes a gift from the Inca? How did Havana come to be swapped for Florida? Who were the great women in Latino history? Does bilingual education mean we'll all be speaking Spanish soon? Why should we remember the Alamo, anyway? and hundreds more ..."--Back cover.