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Harvest of Empire

A sweeping history of the Latino experience in the United States. The first new edition in ten years of this important study of Latinos in U.S. history, Harvest of Empire spans five centuries--from the European colonization of the Americas to through the 2020 election. Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States, and their impact on American culture and politics is greater than ever. With family portraits of real-life immigrant Latino pioneers, as well as accounts of the events and conditions that compelled them to leave their homelands, Gonzalez highlights the complexity of a segment of the American population that is often discussed but frequently misrepresented. 

Barrio America

The compelling history of how Latino immigrants revitalized the nation's cities after decades of disinvestment and white flight. T We are commonly told that it was a "creative class" of young professionals who revived a moribund urban America in the 1990s and 2000s. But this stunning reversal owes much more to another, far less visible group: Latino and Latina newcomers. Award-winning historian A. K. Sandoval-Strausz reveals this history by focusing on two barrios: Chicago's Little Village and Dallas's Oak Cliff.   Using vivid oral histories and detailed statistics, Sandoval-Strausz shows how Latinos made cities dynamic, stable, and safe by purchasing homes, opening businesses, and reviving street life.  

The Colombia Reader

The Colombia Reader presents a rich and multilayered account of this complex nation from the colonial era to the present. The collection includes journalistic reports, songs, artwork, poetry, oral histories, government documents, and scholarship to illustrate the changing ways Colombians from all walks of life have made and understood their own history. Comprehensive in scope, it covers regional differences; religion, art, and culture; the urban/rural ÷ patterns of racial, economic, and gender inequalities; the history of violence; and the transnational flows that have shaped the nation. 

The Dominican Republic Reader

Despite its significance in the history of Spanish colonialism, the Dominican Republic is familiar to most outsiders through only a few elements of its past and culture. This Reader provides an introduction to the history, politics, and culture of the country, from precolonial times into the early twenty-first century. Among the volume's 118 selections are essays, speeches, journalism, songs, poems, legal documents, testimonials, and short stories, as well as several interviews conducted especially for this Reader. 

México Beyond 1968

México Beyond 1968 examines the revolutionary organizing and state repression that characterized Mexico during the 1960s and 1970s. The massacre of students in Mexico City in October 1968 is often considered the defining moment of this period. The authors in this volume challenge the centrality of that moment by looking at the broader story of struggle and repression across Mexico during this time. México Beyond 1968 complicates traditional narratives of youth radicalism and places urban and rural rebellions within the political context of the nation's Dirty Wars during this period.

The Militant Song Movement in Latin America

Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s underwent a profound and often violent process of social change. From the Cuban Revolution to the massive guerrilla movements in Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, and most of Central America, the idea of social change was in the air. While many aspects of this topic has been explored, the cultural--and especially musical--dimension of this movement, so vital in order to comprehend the extent of its emotional appeal, has not been fully documented.  In this collection of essays,  the history of the militant song movement in Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina is examined. 

Call Numbers

Most books about Latin America are arranged on the 2nd floor of the O'Toole Library.

You can browse the shelves, or more efficiently, search the library catalog to locate call numbers for the print collection.

DP:  Spain, Portugal

F:    Latin America

PQ:  Language & Literature (Spanish)

JC: Political institutions and Public Administration (Latin American)

KG: Law - Latin America, Central America

 

 

Reference books, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks, are located in the ReadyRef area, on the 1st floor of the O'Toole Library.

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