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Supplemented with quotes and engaging articles from USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, The Hispanic American Experience shines a spotlight on Hispanic Americans and their many exciting contributions to American society. From musicians and artists to actors and athletes, Hispanic Americans enrich American life. Writers such as novelist Sandra Cisneros and playwright Luis Valdez offer insights into social issues and the diverse cultural lives of Hispanic Americans. Baseball superstar Roberto Clemente shared ...

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Supplemented with quotes and engaging articles from USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, The Hispanic American Experience shines a spotlight on Hispanic Americans and their many exciting contributions to American society. From musicians and artists to actors and athletes, Hispanic Americans enrich American life. Writers such as novelist Sandra Cisneros and playwright Luis Valdez offer insights into social issues and the diverse cultural lives of Hispanic Americans. Baseball superstar Roberto Clemente shared his athletic prowess and belief in charitable giving with the world, supporting poverty-stricken people throughout Latin America until his tragic death in a plane crash in 1972. Outstanding Olympic swimmer Dara Torres wowed the crowds when, at the age of forty-one, she won three silver medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Singers Carlos Santana and Christina Aguilera became pop music sensations, singing in both Spanish and English and climbing music charts in the United States and around the world. Read this informative title to learn more about how Hispanic Americans contribute to the United States' cultural mosaic, enriching our nation with a wide range of traditions, customs, and life experiences.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
With the large influx of Hispanic immigrants to American shores, we are dealing with a high degree of cultural richness as well as diversity. Mexican Americans represent the largest group of Hispanics. This population also includes people from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Today Hispanics make up almost 15% of the United States' population. The rich variety of Hispanic experience and culture is discussed through descriptive text, biography and news stories of well-known Hispanic Americans, including leading figures in literature, art, sports, film, television, business and politics. Related newspaper articles and sidebars set apart in contrasting colors, accompanied by beautiful photographs, add visual appeal and interest. The last chapter, "Foods of Many Flavors," includes recipes of Mexican, Tex-Mex, Cuban and Puerto Rican culinary traditions. Donovan's book delivers a nicely condensed overview of contemporary Hispanic culture in the United States. The conversational writing style will engage younger readers and the rich detail and interesting profiles of leaders and entertainers recognizable from today's news stories succeed in carrying the message that Hispanics and their culture are, and have been for generations, an integral part of American culture. The book closes with short biographies of famous Hispanic Americans, suggestions to "Explore Your Heritage," a chart of Hispanic American demographics titled "Hispanic American Snapshot," a glossary, a "Selected bibliography," a list of suggestions for further reading/websites and an index. This book would be a very useful resource in an upper middle school or high school class on American history or study of cultural diversity in American society. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761340850
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: USA TODAY Cultural Mosaic Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Proud Tradition 5

Chapter 1 Language and Literature En EspaƱol 7

Chapter 2 In the Arts 20

Chapter 3 Play Ball! 33

Chapter 4 Religious Focus 43

Chapter 5 Colorful Celebrations 51

Chapter 6 Foods of Many Flavors 61

Famous Hispanic Americans 70

Explore Your Heritage 72

Hispanic American Snapshot 74

Glossary 75

Selected Bibliography 76

Further Reading and Websites 76

Index 78

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

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    An excellent portrait of Hispanic Americans

    With the burgeoning population growth of people of Hispanic descent in the United States, we are now looking at a marvelous influx of culture as well as diversity. The largest group of Hispanics are the Mexican Americans. The Hispanic American populace includes "Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and people from other Latin American countries." These groups now make up 15% of our population. There are many differences in these groups, but one thing they have in common is that they all speak Spanish or are descended from people who did. Something many people might not know is that "most are also the descendants of Native American peoples." In 1776 English became our official language, but in the West, Spanish was often spoken. There are many different reasons people immigrated to the United States. For example, in the 1950s "more than one million Cubans" immigrated to the states to escape a dictatorial regime they had difficulty living under. Whatever their reasons for immigrating, when many arrived they unfortunately had to deal with prejudice. People refused to do business with them, schools were not allowed to speak Spanish, and "laws were written in English." One result was that "discrimination created a tight knit community." Unfortunately, in part due to such prejudice, "second- and third-generation Hispanic Americans no longer speak Spanish." Fortunately in many barrios or neighborhoods, clusters of spanish-speaking people kept their language and culture alive. In this book you will be able to read about and explore the many rich contributions Hispanic people have given to us. Literary contributions abound with such outstanding authors as Isabel Allende, who hails from Chile, and the likes of Gabriel García Márquez from Columbia. You'll also meet other famous Latin American authors. Perhaps you enjoy the "distinctive sounds of Latin music." Many are familiar with Selena, "the queen of Tejano music" and remember well her contribution to music. Other memorable stars include Santana, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, and Christina Aguilera. This is an excellent overview of Hispanic Americans, a group who is a large part of the tapestry of the United States. This "mosaic" is very well done and provides an enjoyable reading experience. Of course no book can be all inclusive, but it clearly outlines the many different cultures that Hispanic people come from and the contributions they have made to ours. The definition of National Hispanic Heritage Month delineates in part what the reader will find in this book: it "...is a four-week commemoration of all the contributions and experiences that Hispanics have brought to the United States." I especially enjoyed meeting the many individuals who have contributed to the arts. For example, many people may not know that Rita Hayworth's real name was Rita Cansino, a young woman who had to hide her Hispanic heritage. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, portraits of famous Hispanic Americans, a "snapshot" of Hispanic Americans, suggestions on how to explore your own heritage, and additional recommended book and website resources toexplore your own heritage, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. Quill says: This is an excellent portrait of the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to enhance the American way of living!

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