Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia

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Overview

Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia records the contribution of women of Latin American birth or heritage to the economic and cultural development of the United
States. The encyclopedia, edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez-Korrol, is the first comprehensive gathering of scholarship on Latinas. This encyclopedia will serve as an essential reference for decades to come.

In more than 580 entries, the historical and cultural narratives of Latinas come to life. From mestizo settlement, pioneer life, and diasporic communities, the encyclopedia details the contributions of women as settlers, comadres, and landowners, as organizers and nuns. More than 200 scholars explore the experiences of Latinas during and after EuroAmerican colonization and conquest; the early-19th-century migration of Puerto
Ricans and Cubans; 20th-century issues of migration, cultural tradition, labor, gender roles,
community organization, and politics; and much more. Individual biographical entries profile women who have left their mark on the historical and cultural landscape.

With more than
300 photographs, Latinas in the United States offers a mosaic of historical experiences, detailing how Latinas have shaped their own lives, cultures, and communities through mutual assistance and collective action, while confronting the pressures of colonialism, racism, discrimination, sexism,
and poverty.

"Meant for scholars and general readers, this is a great resource on
Latinas and historical topics connected with them."—curledup.com

Indiana University Press

Listed in AAUP 2007 University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries (rated Outstanding)

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual 2007

"The encyclopedia is an important contribution to Latino and women’s studies. It is a valuable resource and a recommended addition to reference collections in high school, community college, and college and university libraries." —American Reference Books Annual 2007

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

"This three-volume set records the contribution of women of Latin American birth or heritage to the economic and cultural development of the U.S." —Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Choice

"Recommended. Lower—/upper—level undergraduates; general readers." —Choice

American Catholic Studies

"Every so often there is a book or encyclopedia that appears in print that is an absolute goldmine. This three-volume encyclopedia is just such a goldmine." —American Catholic Studies, Spring 2009

American Reference Books Annual
"The encyclopedia is an important contribution to Latino and women’s studies. It is a valuable resource and a recommended addition to reference collections in high school, community college, and college and university libraries." —American Reference Books Annual
From the Publisher
"[T]his groundbreaking work provides up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive coverage of Latinas only, making it valuable for all libraries." —Library
Journal
Choice

"Recommended. Lower—/upper—level undergraduates; general readers." —Choice

Choice
. . . Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates; general readers.
—A. C. Barnhart
Booklist
As the Hispanic population of the U.S. continues to grow, Latina history will become more integral to a full understanding of the American experience. This informed and carefully composed encyclopedia is an excellent place to start. Recommended for public, college, and university libraries.
—Ann Welton
American Reference Books Annual
. . . The encyclopedia is an important contribution to Latino and women's studies. It is a valuable resource and a recommended addition to reference collections in high school, community college, and college and university libraries.
Feminist Collections
Latinas in the United States is the only historical encyclopedia on Latinas (women from North, Central, South America, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean) in the U.S. . . . Overall, this is a thoroughly academic, well-conceived, and well-produced resource that should inspire other Latina reference projects.
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
This three-volume set records the contribution of women of Latin American birth or heritage to the economic and cultural development of the U.S.
Library Journal
Women of Latin American birth and heritage have contributed significantly to life, culture, and economic development in the United States, and this comprehensive three-volume set recognizes those contributions. Noted scholars Ruiz (history & Chicano/Latino studies, Univ. of California, Irvine; From Out of the Shadows) and Korrol (Puerto Rican & Latino studies, Brooklyn Coll., CUNY; From Colonia to Community) provide editorial guidance in a work covering Latina history from the 16th century to the present. The introduction familiarizes readers with Latina history and specific regions addressed in the text-the Southwest, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, and Pacific Northwest. Nearly 600 A-to-Z entries averaging 800 words and written by more than 200 contributors cover a wide range of topics, such as events in Latina history (e.g., the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War), cultural traditions (e.g., Quinceanera, a celebration of Latina womanhood), and biography entries (e.g., singer Joan Baez, politician Carmen Arroyo). More than 300 black-and-white photographs, selected readings, further resources for each entry, and brief biographical information for each contributor round out the text. Information within the entries is easily accessible using the detailed index and the list of biographical entries by affiliation. Bottom Line While several resources cover Latino and Latina culture and history-e.g., the recent Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States-this groundbreaking work provides up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive coverage of Latinas only, making it valuable for all libraries.-Kristin Whitehair, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253346803
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 944
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki L. Ruiz is Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of
California, Irvine. Her many publications include From Out of the Shadows and Cannery Women, Cannery
Lives. She and Virginia Sánchez-Korrol were honored with a "21 Leaders for the 21st
Century" award by Women’s eNews. Ruiz is president of the Organization of American
Historians.

Virginia Sánchez-Korrol is a historian and Professor in the
Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York.
Among her many publications, she is co-editor with Vicki L. Ruiz of Latina Legacies: Identity,
Biography and Community; co-author of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean (IUP, 1999); and author of From Colonia to Community.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
A Historical and
Regional Overview
1. Latinas in the Southwest (Vicki L. Ruiz)
2.Latinas in the
Northeast (Virginia Sanchez-Korrol)
3. Latinas in the Midwest (Lilia Fernández)

4. Latinas in the Southeast (María Cristina García)
5. Latinas in the
Pacific Northwest (Elizabeth Salas)
Alphabetical
Entries
Bibliography
Index

Indiana University Press

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