1950s to 1960s

1950s to 1960s

by Richard Worth
     
 

The 1950s and 1960s were important decades for Hispanics in America. Some Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and other Hispanics began to hold positions of power, but the average person still faced discrimination. Strikes and movements started by the Hispanics raised awareness for their struggles. Their voices were heard, and major changes took

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The 1950s and 1960s were important decades for Hispanics in America. Some Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and other Hispanics began to hold positions of power, but the average person still faced discrimination. Strikes and movements started by the Hispanics raised awareness for their struggles. Their voices were heard, and major changes took place during this time in history.

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Children's Literature - Heather N. Kolich
Discrimination and social and economic inequalities are the prevailing themes of this selection from the "Hispanic America" series. Activities center around particular cities. Chapter one deals with discrimination against Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and the politics of organizing the Latino community to vote. It also delves into legal and illegal immigration and the border security concerns of the Cold War years. Chapter two is a slow-moving biographical sketch of Cesar Chavez. The tempo picks up with the inflow of Cubans to southern Florida both before and after Castro's take-over of the Cuban government in 1959. In "The Puerto Rican Experience" in chapter four, Worth discusses the high drop-out rate of Puerto Rican students in New York, the Chicago riot of 1966, and the transformation of Puerto Rican gangs in Chicago. The southwestern states get some attention in chapter five, which explores the Chicano movement, an effort to raise the self-esteem and social and economic standing of Mexican Americans. This chapter includes sections on Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales and Reies Lopez Tijerina. The text is supplemented with sepia-toned photographs and peripheral information pages. End matter is brief and terse. Reviewer: Heather N. Kolich

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761441779
Publisher:
Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Hispanic America 2 Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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