The Latino American Experience

The American Mosaic (Academic)


Latinos and Hispanics in the United States are an intrinsic part of our national identity. This enormous segment of the United States population today—comprising immigrants from dozens of Latin countries, as well as Spain—now accounts for more than 16 percent of the overall U.S. population. The diversity of Latino cultures is wide ranging and their myriad cultural traditions reflect unique historical trajectories in the United States.

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Comprehensive, informative, and easy to use, The Latino American Experience: The American Mosaic is the first-ever database dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos—the largest, fastest-growing minority group in the United States.

The Latino American Experience: The American Mosaic explores the rich heritage and current culture of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and other Hispanic cultures in the United States—an estimated 44 million individuals who have formed unique, self-sufficient, and vibrant communities across the nation.

Designed and developed under the guidance of Latino librarians, The Latino American Experience offers unparalleled depth and content that meets the specific research and curriculum needs of students, teachers, and librarians. Additionally, the Idea Exchange section offers informative, scholarly essays on specific topics that are often the basis for community college and undergraduate writing assignments.

Coverage ranges from precontact Aztec and Maya societies to 21st-century political issues like recent immigration law to cultural themes like coming-of-age rituals, music, literature, and cuisine. The Latino American Experience is an indispensable electronic research and learning resource that provides learners with far more than history lessons with facts and figures; it gives voice to the Latino experience through Latino authors and contributors.


  • Content includes hundreds of primary documents and media, including speeches, maps, songs, audio clips, interviews, and vivid historical photographs
  • Faceted searching allows for fast and powerful refinement of search results
  • Ongoing content updates enrich the site throughout the school year—at no additional cost
  • Thesis-driven, peer-reviewed scholarly essays contained within the database's exclusive Idea Exchange sections pose questions such as "How should we refer to Americans who descend from Spanish-speaking countries?" and "Do media portrayals of Latinos influence the types of public policies directed at them?"


  • Covers history and culture from all the countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula, including content on modern-day Latin American countries, the history of the Hispanic Diaspora, and indigenous peoples
  • Ties into curriculum standards with content and features geared to state-required studies on Latino history
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ABC-CLIO Solutions Academic Editions

Created specifically for academic libraries, ABC-CLIO Solutions Academic Editions provides essential coverage of topics in American history and government, world history, geography, and multicultural and popular culture subjects. These deep resources have been engineered to help undergraduates thrive in a demanding academic environment.

Each of the 14 online ABC-CLIO Solutions includes three innovative components:

A comprehensive, fully integrated, topic-specific reference library offers authoritative, award-winning content that includes rich media and thousands of primary sources that support authentic research and scholarship.

Updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts, the course companion reinforces the core concepts presented in textbooks, lectures, and discussion sections.

This collection of expert commentaries, located in the Idea Exchange section of each online solution, is unique to ABC-CLIO. They expose students to scholarly argument, persuasive writing, and primary source anaylsis. The Idea Exchange presents original, peer-reviewed scholarship and debate in a format accessible to undergraduates, and also serves as a model for students as they undertake their own research and writing activities.


  • Always current and updated daily with authoritative content reviewed by scholars and content experts
  • Supports academically underprepared students by making it easy for them to grasp complex topics
  • Online and available for students and educators to access anywhere, anytime
  • Compatible with federated search engines and most common citation software
  • Aligns with your budget by offering custom package options, significant discounts for multiple subscriptions, and low maintenance cost

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