Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing

Tierra y Libertad: Land, Liberty, and Latino Housing

by Steven W. Bender
     
 

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One of the quintessential goals of the American Dream is to own land and a home, a place to raise one’s family and prove one’s prosperity. Particularly for immigrant families, home ownership is a way to assimilate into American culture and community. However, Latinos, who make up the country’s largest minority population, have largely been unable

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One of the quintessential goals of the American Dream is to own land and a home, a place to raise one’s family and prove one’s prosperity. Particularly for immigrant families, home ownership is a way to assimilate into American culture and community. However, Latinos, who make up the country’s largest minority population, have largely been unable to gain this level of inclusion. Instead, they are forced to cling to the fringes of property rights and ownership through overcrowded rentals, transitory living arrangements, and, at best, home acquisitions through subprime lenders.

In Tierra y Libertad, Steven W. Bender traces the history of Latinos’ struggle for adequate housing opportunities, from the nineteenth century to today’s anti-immigrant policies and national mortgage crisis. Spanning southwest to northeast, rural to urban, Bender analyzes the legal hurdles that prevent better housing opportunities and offers ways to approach sweeping legal reform. Tierra y Libertad combines historical, cultural, legal, and personal perspectives to document the Latino community’s ongoing struggle to make America home.

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From the Publisher

“Nothing is more vital to dignity and wellbeing than a home of one’s own. This fine book describes Latinos’ struggles to achieve home ownership in a society that has placed obstacles in their way at every turn.”
-Richard Delgado,author of The Rodrigo Chronicles

“Steven Bender’s Tierra y Libertad is interesting, his research is great, and the information is long overdue.”

-Dolores Huerta,co-founder of the United Farm Workers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814787229
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/29/2010
Series:
Citizenship and Migration in the Americas
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
252
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Steven W. Bender is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Seattle University School of Law. He is the author of Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (NYU Press, 2003), and One Night in America: Robert Kennedy, César Chávez, and the Dream of Dignity.

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