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Oxford Encyclopedia of
Latinos And Latinas
in the United States

Culture fact
Latinos are the fastest growing
ethnic group in the United
States. It is estimated that by
mid-century, they will comprise
about one-fourth of the country's population.

Columbia History of
Latinos in the United States

Language fact
The image of the American
cowboy as we know him today
would not be the same without
the contributions of Hispanic
immigrants. The cowboy hat,
boots, lassoes, chaps, spurs,
saddle, cattle, rodeos, ranches,
and even the horse were first
brought to the North America
by Spanish settlers.

Everything You Need to Know
About Latino History:

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Language fact
The guitar was invented in
Andalucía, Spain in the 1790s,
when a 6th string was added
to the Arab lute.

Culture fact
It was in part the hatred
of the indigenous peoples of
Mexico for the gods of the
ruling tribe, the Aztecs,
that allowed the Spanish to
convert natives to Catholicism.
Today 90% of Hispanics
are Catholic.

Language fact
The potato is native to
South America. Today it
is a staple food in several
countries around the world.
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Hispanic culture

Latino Cultural History in the U.S.
Biographical Dictionary of Hispanic Americans, by Nicholas E. Meyer, 324 p. (2001)
The Columbia History of Latinos in the United States Since 1960, by David G. Gutiérrez, 512 p. (2004)
Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez, 346 p. (2001)
Latino Literacy: The Complete Guide to Hispanic American Culture and History, by Frank De Varona, Ron Coleman, et al. (1996)
Two Eagles in the Sun: A Guide to U.S. Hispanic Culture, by Richard C. Campbell, 343 p. (2003)
Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.-Latin American Relations, by Gilbert M. Joseph, Catherine C. Legrand, Ricardo D. Salvatore, eds., 575 p. (1999)

Contemporary Latino Culture in the U.S.
Hispanic Nation: Culture, Politics, and the Constructing of Identity, by Geoffrey E. Fox, 264 p. (1997)
The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture and Identity in America, by Ilan Stavans, 256 p. (1996)
Latino Sun, Rising: Our Spanish-Speaking U.S. World, by Marco Portales, 272 p. (2004)
Latinos: Remaking America, by David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, et al., 490 p. (2002)
Americanos / Latino Life in the United States, by Carlos Fuentes, Edward James Olmos, Manuel Monterrey, eds., 176 p. (1999)
The Hispanic Way, by Judith Noble, Jaime Lacasa, 128 p. (1990)
Loca Motion: The Travels of Chicana and Latina Popular Culture, by Michelle Habell-Pallan, 320 p. (2005)
Latino/a Popular Culture, by Michelle Habell-Pallan, Mary Romero, eds., 280 p. (2002)
Barrios and Borderlands: Cultures of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, by Denis Lynn Daly Heyck, 707 p. (1994)
The Latino Studies Reader: Culture, Economy, and Society, by Antonia Darder, Rodolfo D. Torres, Antonio Darder, eds, 308 p. (1998)
Latino Politics in America: Community, Culture, and Interests, by John A. Garcia, 304 p. (2003)
Latino/a Thought: Culture, Politics, and Society, by Francisco H. Vázquez, 496 p. (2002)
The Hispanic Child: Speech, Language, Culture and Education, by Alejandro E. Brice, 288 p. (2001)

Hispanic Holidays & Celebrations
The Latino Holiday Book: From Cinco De Mayo to Dia De Los Muertos: The Celebrations and Traditions of Hispanic-Americans, by Valerie Menard, 174 p. (2000)
¡Celebremos!: Las fiestas de México, Cuba y Puerto Rico, y cómo se festejan en los EstadosUnidos, by Valerie Menard, 208 p. (2002)
The Fiesta Culture: How America "Celebrates" Hispanic Culture and Trivializes Hispanic People, by D. Russell Martinez, 120 p. (2002)
Cinco De Mayo: A Mexican Holiday About Unity and Pride, ages 9 to 12, by James Garcia, 40 p. (2003)
Cinco De Mayo:  Celebrating Hispanic Pride, ages 9 to 12, by Carol Gnojewski, 48 p. (2002)
Celebrating a Quinceanera: A Latina's 15 Birthday Celebration, ages 9 to 12, by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, 32 p. (2002)

Hispanic Individuals & Regional Histories
Thrown Among Strangers: The Making of Mexican Culture in Frontier California, by Douglas Monroy, 337 p. (1993)
Farmworker's Daughter: Growing Up Mexican In America, by Rose Castillo Guilbault, 192 p. (2005)
Alex and the Hobo: A Chicano Life and Story, by Jose Inez Taylor, James M. Taggart, 206 p. (2003)
Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History, by Teresa Palomo Acosta, Ruthe Winegarten, 448 p. (2003)
Urban Latino Cultures: La vida latina en LA, by Michael Dear, Gustavo Leclerc, Raul Villa, eds., 224 p. (1999)
From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City, by Virginia Sanchez Korrol, 275 p. (1994)
Beloved Land: An Oral History of Mexican Americans in Southern Arizona, by Patricia Preciado Martin, ed., Jose Galvez, photographer, 150 p. (2004)
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Culture & customs of Spanish-speaking countries

The Xenophobe's Guide to the Spanish, by Drew Launay, 64 p. (1999)
Spain Is Different, by Helen Wattley Ames, 133 p. (1999)
Contemporary Spain: A Handbook, by Christopher J. Ross, 256 p. (1997)
Culture Smart Spain: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette, by Marian Meaney, 160 p. (2003)
Culture and Customs of Spain, by Edward F. Stanton, 208 p. (2002)
The Cambridge Companion to Modern Spanish Culture, by David Thatcher Gies, ed., 368 p. (1999)
Contemporary Spanish Cultural Studies, by Barry Jordan, Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas, eds., 326 p. (2000)

Latin America
The Travelers' Guide to Latin American Customs and Manners, by Elizabeth Devine, Nancy L. Braganti , 320 p. (2000)
Global Etiquette Guide to Mexico and Latin America, by Dean Foster, 304 p. (2002)
Understanding Spanish-Speaking South Americans: Bridging Hemispheres, by Skye Stephenson, 336 p. (2003)
The Cambridge Companion to Modern Latin American Culture, by John King, ed., 382 p. (2004)
The Latino Studies Reader: Culture, Economy, and Society, by Antonia Darder, Rodolfo D. Torres, eds., 308 p. (1998)
The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader, by Ana Del Sarto, Alicia Rios, Abril Trigo, eds., 818 p. (2004)
The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Latino History and Culture, by D. H. Figueredo, 336 p. (2002)
Perspectives on Las Americas: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation, by Matthew C. Gutmann, ed., 500 p. (2003)
Latin American Popular Culture: An Introduction, by Linda A. Curcio-Nagy, 255 p. (2000)
Goods, Power, History : Latin America's Material Culture, by Arnold J. Bauer, 266 p. (2001)
Multiculturalism in Latin America: Indigenous Rights, Diversity and Democracy, by Rachel Sieder, ed., 304 p. (2002)
English Is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas, by Coco Fusco, 214 p. (1995)
Dictionary of 20th Century Culture: Hispanic Culture of South America, by Peter Standish, 340 p. (1995)
Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community, by Vicki L. Ruiz, Virginia Sanchez Korrol, eds., 260 p. (2005)
Artists from Latin American Cultures: A Biographical Dictionary, by Kristin G. Congdon, Kara Kelley Hallmark, 344 p. (2002)
Musical Cultures of Latin America: Global Effects, Past and Present, by Steven Loza , ed., 352 p. (2003)
Food Culture in South America, by Jose e Rafael Lovera, 208 p. (2005)

The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics, by Gabriela Nouzeilles, Graciela R. Montaldo, eds., 580 p. (2003)
Culture and Customs of Argentina, by David William Foster, Melissa Fitch Lockhart, Darrell B. Lockhart, 200 p. (1998)

Culture Shock! Chile, by Susan Roraff. (2001)
Culture and Customs of Chile, by Guillermo I. Castillo-Feliu, 192 p. (2000)

Culture and Customs of Colombia, by Raymond Leslie Williams, Kevin G. Guerrieri, 176 p. (1999)

Costa Rica
Culture Shock! Costa Rica, by Claire Wallerstein, 240 p. (2003)
The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics, by Steven Palmer, Ivan Molina, eds., 383 p. (2004)

The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics, by Aviva Chomsky, Barry Carr, Pamela Maria Smorkaloff, eds., 723 p. (2004)

Culture and Customs of Guatemala, by Maureen E. Shea, 192 p. (2000)

There's a Word for It in Mexico, by Boye Lafayette De Mente, 368 p. (1998)
The Mexicans: A Personal Portrait of a People, by Patrick Oster, 352 p. (2002)
The People's Guide to Mexico, by Carl Franz, Lorena Havens, eds., 600 p. (2002)
Good Neighbors: Communicating With the Mexicans, by John C. Condon, 104 p. (1997)
Mexico Today: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary History and Culture, by Don Coerver, Suzanne Pasztor, Robert Buffington, 400 p. (2004)
The Mexicans: A Sense of Culture, by Floyd Merrell, 288 p. (2003)
The Mexico Reader: History, Culture, Politics, Gilbert M. Joseph, Timothy J. Henderson, eds., 792 p. (2003)
Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History, by Susan Toby Evans, 608 p. (2004)
Transforming Modernity: Popular Culture in Mexico, by Nestor Garcia Canclini, 128 p. (1993)

The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics, by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregori, Robin Kirk, 552 p. (1995)

Culture Shock!: Venezuela, by Kitt Baguley. (1999)
Culture and Customs of Venezuela, by Mark Dinneen, 216 p. (2001)

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