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Children's LiteratureIf demographic trends continue as predicted, the growth of population among Hispanics living in the United States will make this ethnic group a force to be reckoned with in the twenty-first century. Much of what we now consider the west and southwest of the United States was once Spanish and then Mexican territory. In the 19th century, following the Mexican War, those vast stretches of land changed hands and became a part of the USA. This absorption, followed by significant immigration from Mexico, Central America, and South America during the past century, has led to a burgeoning Hispanic population in the US. This shift in population provides both strength through diversity and hard questions for American society to address. In this title author Kenneth McIntosh presents information and trends related to the emergence of Hispanics as a steadily more populace group in the United States. Issues related to bilingualism, economic equity, political participation, and cultural assimilation versus maintenance, are all touched upon in this well-thought-out book. Readers with an interest in Hispanic affairs will find this a useful and easy to read text. 2006, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck