THE COMPANION BOOK TO THE PBS DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Latino Americans chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have helped shaped our nation and have become, with more than fifty million people, the largest minority in the United States. This companion to the landmark PBS miniseries vividly and candidly tells how the story of Latino Americans is the story of our country.
Author and acclaimed journalist Ray Suarez explores the lives of Latino American men and women over a five-hundred-year span, encompassing an epic range of experiences from the early European settlements to Manifest Destiny; the Wild West to the Cold War; the Great Depression to globalization; and the Spanish-American War to the civil rights movement.
Latino Americans shares the personal struggles and successes of immigrants, poets, soldiers, and many others—individuals who have made an impact on history, as well as those whose extraordinary lives shed light on the times in which they lived, and the legacy of this incredible American people.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Broadcast journalist Ray Suarez is a senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour, and host of the public radio show America Abroad. He has also been host of Talk of the Nation on NPR and a correspondent for CNN. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.
Table of Contents
Telling Our Story: An Introduction vii
Chapter 1 The Convergence Begins (La Convergencia Comienza) 1
Chapter 2 Shared Destinies … Made Manifest 39
Chapter 3 At War: Abroad … and at Home 85
Chapter 4 I Like to Be in America 125
Chapter 5 Who's "In"? Who's "Out"? Whose America? 167
Chapter 6 Where are We Going? (¿Adónde Vamos?) 203
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Strongly recommend anyone with an interest in Latino culture to read this book once and then again so that we will never forget from whence we came, the mother country Spain. .and that kinship we will forever share as Latinos.
All Americans should read this book! A fascinating story of how Latinos in the U.S. have helped make this country what it is today, a contribution that begins before the struggle for independence. This book will give you a new appreciation for the true history of the American Colossus.
This book should not be referred to as history. There are no citations and there is no index. It may be considered a book of anecdotes at best. The appearances of Desi Arnaz and Freddie Printz on television shows of the era are a poor measurement of progress for Latinos. Cesar Chavez and his efforts should be highly commended by all......................Even though the book is a companion to the television documentary it should stand alone on its merits, it does not.
This book has technical format problems. The Nook reader hangs up when I get to a new chapter and it requires fiddling to regain control and then going directly to the chapter from the contents. Suarez writes a history of Latino Americans that is a combination of historical facts and personal stories. Put together, it is an important part of the US history highlighting the ugly ethnic discrimination that is part of human nature. At times, it made me sad and angry; then I came back to realize that it is just homo sapiens at its worst. Two bones to pick: It drags at times and I had to force myself to continue reading; and it fails to fully acknowledge and describe one more reason for migration to the US: looking to be able to exercise basic civil rights, such as freedom of sexual orientation expression. Sadly, this motivator, like the economic motivator are becoming less relevant or worse, reversed. Gay marriages were legal in Mexico City before California and the economic downturn has reversed the migration between the US and Mexico as Suarez properly point out.
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