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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 ...
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.
Introduction: A Proud Tradition 5
Chapter 1 Language and Literature En Español 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
Selected Bibliography 76
Further Reading and Websites 76
Posted November 27, 2010
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.