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Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States
     

Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States

by Ilan Stavans, Harold Augenbraum
 

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Though written to be accessible to high school students, this terrific resource contains material of interest to all readers wishing to expand their knowledge about Latino history, life, and culture (and U.S. history, life, and culture as well). Editor Stavans (Amherst College, Mass.) asked the contributors for analysis as well as reports, and the result is a rich

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Though written to be accessible to high school students, this terrific resource contains material of interest to all readers wishing to expand their knowledge about Latino history, life, and culture (and U.S. history, life, and culture as well). Editor Stavans (Amherst College, Mass.) asked the contributors for analysis as well as reports, and the result is a rich and thought-provoking compendium. Latino/a is defined as all things related to the Spanish-speaking peoples who live north of Mexico. Among the entries: 1492, art (for many different ethnic groups), art criticism, Catholicism, class, cuisine (also for many tastes), dance, death, Islam, jazz, medicine, nativism, sexuality, tourism, and the Vietnam War. There are entries for individual states and many biographical entries on significant artists, writers, musicians, politicians, comedians, and thinkers. Each entry is signed and includes cross references and a list of references. The contributors are academics and independent scholars, mainly in the U.S. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Many current encyclopedias depict Latino art, literature, culture, and society, but few attempt the range of this four-volume interdisciplinary set. Edited by Stavans (Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American & Latino Culture, Amherst Coll.), scholar and prolific author of a number of books, including, most recently, Dictionary Days, the work encompasses all aspects of Latino history and culture within the United States from the 15th century to the present. The 650 signed entries contain some 150 biographies of notable Latinos, plus hundreds of articles pertaining to history, sociology, politics, contemporary issues, law, arts and sciences, and other topics important to Latino culture. Each entry is followed by a list of related articles and suggestions for further reading. Over 500 illustrations include paintings, drawing, maps, charts, and several pages of color plates. Appendixes include full-text primary documents that have affected the history and civilization of Latin America and Latino culture within the United States, including the Laws of Burgos, the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, the Monroe Doctrine, the Treaty of Velasco, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Gadsden Purchase Treaty, the Treaty of Peace between the United States and Spain, the Official Bracero Agreement, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Completing the set are statistics from U.S. Census 2000 and the Library of Congress, a synoptic table of contents, and a directory of contributors. Bottom Line Rightly self-described as "comprehensive and analytical," this authoritative work does offer some speculation about opposing viewpoints, but in general, its articles are thorough, informative, and objective. It will serve as a useful research tool for scholars and general readers alike; highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. [For an interview with Harold Augenbraun, associate editor of the encyclopedia and executive director of the National Book Foundation, see LJ 5/15/05, "Into the Limelight."-Ed.]-Nedra Crowe-Evers, Sonoma Cty. Lib., Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780717258161
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/2005

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