Fraught with meaning, "el barrio" is both place and metaphor for Latino populations in the United States. Beyond El Barrio features new scholarship that critically examines how Latinos are portrayed in media, public policy and popular culture, as well as the material conditions in which different Latina/o groups build meaningful communities both within and across national affiliatio
Why is Cinco de Mayo--a holiday commemorating a Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862--so widely celebrated across the United States? As David E. Hayes-Bautista explains, the holiday was created by Latinos in California during the mid-nineteenth century, and its meaning has shifted over time--it embodied immigrant nostalgia in the 1930s, U.S. patriotism during World War II, Chicano Power in the 1960s and 1970s, and commercial intentions in the 1980s and 1990s.
As members of the fastest-growing demographic group in America, Latinos are increasingly represented in the professional class, but they continue to face significant racism. Everyday Injustice introduces readers to the challenges facing Latino professionals today, examining the experiences of many of the most privileged members of the largest racial and ethnic community in the United States.
The DREAM Act, which would grant permanent residency to high school graduates brought here as minors, is described as "amnesty." And yet polls show that a majority of Americans support some kind of path to citizenship for those here illegally. In this book, John Tirman shows how the resistance to immigration in America is more cultural than political, from curriculum disputes to federal raids to the civil rights activism of young "Dreamers."
Upper Level 344.730798 St89M
While Brown v. Board of Education remains much more famous, Mendez v. Westminster School District (1947) was actually the first case in which segregation in education was successfully challenged in federal court. Gonzalo and Felcitas Mendez were told that their kids would have to attend school at a separate facility reserved for Mexican Americans. In response the Mendezes and other aggrieved parents from nearby school districts went to federal court to challenge the segregation.
Upper Level 327.7308 G357N
Gibson explains that our nation's Spanish roots have often been unacknowledged or marginalized. This book chronicles the history of Hispanic North America from the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century to the present, up to the recent tragedy of post-hurricane Puerto Rico and the ongoing border acrimony with Mexico.
Upper Level 780.8968 Ab86R
Among the nearly 90,000 Cubans who settled in New York City and Miami in the 1940s and 1950s were numerous musicians and entertainers, who played central roles in the development of Cuban, Afro-Cuban, Latino, and Afro-Latino identities and communities. Abreu draws from previously untapped oral histories, cultural materials, and Spanish-language media to uncover the lives and broader social and cultural significance of these vibrant performers.
Upper Level 972.9 C191C
This book traces the Caribbean from its pre-Columbian state through European contact and colonialism to the rise of U.S. hegemony and the economic turbulence of the twenty-first century. It begins with a discussion of the region's diverse geography and features an in-depth look at the transatlantic slave trade.
This collection of essays explores the intersection of race, ethnicity, and sports and analyzes the forces that shaped the African American and Latino sports experience. Among Latinos, athletic achievement inspired community celebrations and became a way to express pride in ethnic and religious heritages as well as a diversion from harsh reality. Sports was a means by which leadership tactics were developed and used in the fight for justice.
Upper Level 796.35764 R828R
The colliding histories of black and Latin players in the major leagues have traditionally been told as a triumphant story of integration. But, integration was also painful. It gutted the once-vibrant Negro Leagues and often subjected Latin players to racism. By looking at this history from the vantage point of black America and the Caribbean, a more complex story comes into focus, one largely missing from traditional narratives of baseball's history.
In 1950, Buryl Baty became head football coach at Bowie High School in El Paso and quickly inspired his athletes, all from the Segundo Barrio, with his winning ways and his personal stand against the bigotry to which they were subjected. This book portrays Coach Baty's life from the perspectives of nearly one hundred individuals who knew him, in addition to many documents and news reports.
Stealing Lives focuses on the plight of one Venezuelan teenager and documents abuses that take place against Latin children and young men as baseball becomes a global business. The authors reveal that in their efforts to secure cheap labor, Major League teams often violate the basic human rights of children.
Upper Level 813.54 C497H
Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children and their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street has entered the canon of coming-of-age classics even as it depicts a new American landscape. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty.
Library Main Level LRC (Leisure Reading Collection)
Synopsis from publisher: Antonia Vega has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam, suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction in the literature she loves, but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words. Now she questions: How do we live in a broken world without losing faith in one another or ourselves?
Upper Level 863.64 Aℓ54H
This novel was rejected by several Spanish-language publishers before being published in Buenos Aires in 1982. It became an instant best-seller, was critically acclaimed, and catapulted Allende to literary stardom. The novel has been translated into over 20 languages.
Also available in Spanish - Upper Level 863.64 Aℓ54C2
Lower Level AL 811.54 C776C
Poems celebrating Hispanic culture are the focus of this collection. Liberal sprinkling of Spanish words and phrases with some poems translated from one language to another make this an ideal anthology for both the English class and the bilingual ESL classroom. Topics for poems extend from hot dogs to learning English to the revolution in Nicaragua. What all of the selections have in common is the adolescent experience at the core of the poem.