The American Southwest: Pride, Prejudice, Perseverance

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Paulina Rael Jaramillo, Mar 12, 2012 - History - 156 pages
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The American Southwest—A colorful and culturally rich tapestry woven with the various dialects, customs, cultures and architecture of the people who have dwelt in it for thousands of years. Section One provides an overview of the early inhabitants. Section Two and Three focus on the struggles, triumphs and contributions of Mexican Americans. Section Four looks at the immigration issue (past and present) from various Latin American countries and Section Five examines the participation of Latinos in education. This well-researched book contains maps, graphs and a glossary and appeals to educators, students and the general public.

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"Paulina Jaramillo presents a concise, lively, and readable account of the history of the American Southwest as she traces the development of this rich and culturally diverse region, from its first inhabitants, whose imprint is still felt, up to the present. She weaves a compelling tale of triumphs, setbacks, and disappointments that Latinos in the Southwest have experienced as they fought for civil rights and equality. Though confronted with discrimination and other injustices, she shows, Latinos pushed forward and made the best of circumstances, relying on family, faith, and community for support and inspiration. She concludes with a chapter on Latino education, offering statistics and commentary on the achievement gap that exists. The American Southwest: Pride, Prejudice, and Perseverance is an excellent resource for those who seek a better understanding of the historical events that shaped the regions cultures, communities, and peoples."
Dr. Tom Rivera, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies
California State University, San Bernardino

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Paulina Rael Jaramillo was born and raised in New Mexico where her family roots are deeply entrenched. In 1598 her ancestors came to the "New World" and in 1610 helped establish the settlement known today as Santa Fe. However, most of her adult life has been spent in California where her children and grandchildren reside. She is currently speaking at colleges, universities and various organizations on "Immigration and Education.

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