Icons of Latino America: Latino Contributions to American Culture

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Overview

Latinos have contributed a tremendous amount to American cultural heritage, injecting energy, a unique style, and piquant flavor. This set profiles the big names from this century and the last who represent the highest achievement in their field and who have inspired, led, educated, informed, and entertained us. A diverse representation from the world of sports, entertainment, education, music, journalism, literature, and labor is offered. Biographical essays engagingly tell the story behind the icon, with background including family and education, career trajectory and highlights, and contributions and circumstances that have led to icon status. Along with these famous figures, several essays on other types of Latino pop culture icons—iconic characters from cartoons and comics and film and even iconic Latino foods—are included. Entertaining side bars and classic photos complement the essays. Perfect for student reports and browsing, with more in-depth coverage than an encyclopedia entry but less than a full biography, there is something fascinating and informative here for everyone.

Readers will find that that a number of the icons profiled were influenced by other icons profiled or have an important connection to one another. For example, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz performed together for many years. Actress Jennifer Lopez portrayed the singer Selena in a biopic. Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta made the United Farm Workers union a reality. Furthermore, in telling the story of these icons, each essay relates so much of the historical and social issues of the times. Thus, together, these essays offer a good sense of recent Latino and Latin American history and progress. Icons include Desi Arnaz; Ruben Blades; Fabiola Cabeza de Baca; Cesar Chavez; Chiles, Tortillas, and the Mexican Food Explosion; Sandra Cisneros; Roberto Clemente; Celia Cruz; Placido Domingo; Jaime Escalante; Gordo, Speedy Gonzales, Dora the Explorer, Bondo, and La Cucaracha; Dolores Huerta; Jennifer Lopez; Rita Moreno; Edward James Olmos; Tito Puente; Ruben Salazar; Carlos Santana; Cristina Saralegui; Selena; Lee Trevino; Luis Valdez; Ritchie Valens; and Zorro.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This set employs a broad definition of icon and includes real personages, cartoon characters, and Mexican food among the entries. The engaging articles average 20 to 30 pages in length and contain substantive, documented information. Entries are detailed and interesting. For instance, the essay on Sandra Cisneros provides excellent insight into how her childhood feelings of isolation impacted her life and her writing, and how her sense of responsibility to the Latino community affected her work. Subsections focusing on specific literary works will be valuable to students studying her writings. Articles include black-and-white photographs and conclude with a list of suggested additional readings and notes."

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School Library Journal

". . . this guide provides substantial evidence of the influence of the Latino community on American culture. It will serve interested audiences in high school, public and academic libraries."

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Lawrence Looks at Books

"Entries are carefully and meticulously referenced…The entries are clearly written, informative and interesting, whether focusing on popular singer Selena or activist Cesar Chavez…Overall, this is an excellent set covering a wide range of topics and likely valuable to a wide range of users. Recommended for academic, public, and high-school libraries."

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Booklist

"This set is part of Greenwood's Icon series, designed to introduce users to icons central to popular culture. . . . Entries are carefully and meticulously referenced. . . . [A]n excellent set convering a wide range of topics and likely valuable to a wide range of users. Recommended for academic, public, and high-school libraries."

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Booklist

"The two volumes offer an in-depth look at a select group of Latino icons, figures whose lives and careers have pushed cultural boundaries and effect social change. Most high school students will find the language accessible and the sidebars that accompany the profiles add interest to the text. A timeline provides a helpful framework for both volumes, while each essay concludes with suggested reading that teachers and students can use for further inquiry: websites, relevant movies, recordings and books are listed. A selected bibliography and an index round out the text. Recommended for high school and public libraries."

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Doug's Student Reference Room

"Icons of Latino America is an eminently readable two-volume compendium of icons, people or ideas that have had a major impact on society. In fascinating essays, Roger Burns spotlights Hispanics from many countries who have contributed in a noteworthy fashion to American culture. . .. this is an original and unconventional collection. . . . I enjoyed the diverse selection of subjects and the details of their lives and careers. This would be a useful addition for a high school, college or public library seeking to increase its offerings on Hispanic culture."

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Catholic Library World

Library Journal

What do Annie Oakley, Frederic Remington, and Bill Gates have in common? According to Greenwood, they are popular icons of the American West, pioneers in what they do, and they influence millions. Distilling a broad cultural sphere into two dozen revolutionaries is a tough act, but Greenwood's "Icons" series has done a fine job of focusing on the legendary principals known to wide audiences. Rather than look to behind-the-scenes workers, the editors shine a light on familiar figures in American media. These two new additions to the series continue the format. Chosen topics are given an in-depth treatment with signed articles by field experts. In American West, edited by Bakken (history, California State Univ., Fullerton), it becomes apparent that defining what constitutes the West is a challenge, with topics like banditry, Buffalo Bill, and Disneyland competing as top icons. In Latino America by prolific biographer Bruns (Martin Luther King, Jr.), Speedy Gonzalez and Dora the Explorer hold the same sway as Cesar Chavez, proving that the ethnic experience in America is hard to pin down. Each icon concept is well represented with readable chapters, interesting sidebars, and a suggested reading list. One black-and-white photo accompanies each article.
—Kelli Perkins

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

This set employs a broad definition of "icon" and includes real personages, cartoon characters, and Mexican food among the entries. The engaging articles average 20 to 30 pages in length and contain substantive, documented information. Entries are detailed and interesting. For instance, the essay on Sandra Cisneros provides excellent insight into how her childhood feelings of isolation impacted her life and her writing, and how her sense of responsibility to the Latino community affected her work. Subsections focusing on specific literary works will be valuable to students studying her writings. Articles include black-and-white photographs and conclude with a list of suggested additional readings and notes. Though there are only 24 entries in this set, they are much more thorough than the short overviews found in Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González's The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (2005).-Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School Library, Lancaster, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313340864
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2008
  • Series: Greenwood Icons Series
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ROGER BRUNS is a prolific author of such works as Preacher: Billy Sunday and Big-Time American Evangelism (2002) and biographies of Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson, and Billy Graham for Greenwood Press.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Introduction

Timeline

1. Desi Arnaz

2. Ruben Blades

3. Fabiola Cabeza de Baca

4. Cesar Chavez

5 . Chiles, Tortillas, and the Mexican Food Explosion

6. Sandra Cisneros

7. Roberto Clemente

8. Celia Cruz

9. Placido Domingo

10. Jaime Escalante

11. Gordo, Speedy Gonzales, Dora the Explorer, Baldo, and La Cucaracha

12. Dolores Huerta

13. Jennifer Lopez

14. Rita Moreno

15. Edward James Olmos

16. Tito Puente

17. Ruben Salazar

18 . Carlos Santana

19. Cristina Saralegui

20. Selena

21. Lee Trevino

22. Luis Valdez

23. Ritchie Valens

24. Zorro

Index

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