The Latino American Experience

The American Mosaic

by Marian Perales, Spencer R. Crew, Andrew Jackson, and Dr. Joe Watkins, Editors

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Latino Americans now comprise more than 16 percent of the U.S. population, making them the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States. An estimated 44 million individuals have formed vibrant communities across the nation such that Latinos and Hispanics contribute substantially to the national identity.

The Latino American Experience: The American Mosaic defines this national identity as it embraces the heritage and culture of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and other Latino peoples in the United States. By featuring articles and essays from Latino authors and contributors on topics ranging from changing landscapes to immigration, civil rights to the Chicano movement, and economic adversity to the fight to carve out Latino communities while simultaneously assimilating into American culture, The Latino American Experience: The American Mosaic gives voice to the Latino American experience that features so largely in the making of American history.


  • Contains articles illustrating the histories all of the countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula, including those on indigenous peoples, on the Hispanic Diaspora, and on modern-day Latin American countries
  • Houses nearly 5,000 primary and secondary sources, including maps, speeches, songs, interviews, and historical photographs
  • Includes more than 700 biographies of such famous political and social figures as Simón Bolívar, David Farragut, Rita Hayworth, Sonia Sotomayor, and many more
  • Presents scholarly perspectives on some of today’s most pressing questions, such as “What is the driving force behind restrictive state immigration legislation?” and “What will Cuba be like in 2022?”
  • Features the CLIOview tool that allow students to make comparisons and to graph statistical data in more than 25 demographic categories unique to the Latin American community, such as population levels, employment rates, and more
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Advisory Board

Marian Perales is the Managing Editor for the American History, African American Experience, American Indian Experience, and Latino American Experience databases. She received her BA from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and her MA from The Claremont Graduate University. She completed doctoral coursework at Claremont Graduate University specializing in Chicano/a history, U.S. religious history, and 19th century U.S. intellectual history. She has written articles on the western women's history and Chicana history.

Spencer R. Crew, PhD is Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. He received his PhD in history from Rutgers University. He has worked in public history for more than 25 years and served as president of the National Underground Railroad and Freedom Center and worked at the National Museum of American History-Smithsonian for 20 years. He is the past chair of the National Council for History Education and serves on the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. His publications include Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration 1915–1940 (1987), and Black Life in Secondary Cities: A Comparative Analysis of the Black Communities of Camden and Elizabeth, N.J. 1860–1920 (1993). He co-authored The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden (2002) and Unchained Memories: Readings From The Slave Narratives (2002) and co-editor of Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project (Greenwood, 2014) and Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narratives (Praeger, 2015).

Andrew Jackson recently retired from Queens Library's Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center as Director-Emeritus after 36 years of dedicated service. He earned a Master of Library Science from Queens College-GSLIS (CUNY) and a BS in Business Administration from York College (CUNY) and is a Certified NYS Public Librarian. In recognition of his commitment to Black history and culture, Andrew was given five African names: (Sekou-Warrior, Molefi-He keeps tradition, Baako-First born, Bhekizizwe-Take care of your people and Orbai-Teacher). Andrew is an Adjunct Professor at Queens College's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (CUNY) and an adjunct in the York College (CUNY) History & Philosophy Departments Black Studies Program.

He served on the boards of Time Warner Cable NY, Elmhurst Hospital Center and The Renaissance Charter School as well as advisory boards and committees at York College (CUNY), Queens College (CUNY), and the Louis Armstrong Museum and Archives. A published author and essayist, he co-edited the award winning book, The 21st Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges and Queens Notes: Facts About the Forgotten Borough of Queens, New York. One of his most popular essays, "In The Tradition: The Legacy of Cultural Messengers From Langston Hughes to Tupac Shakur" was published in the Black History Month Edition of Phat'itude Literary Magazine. He is currently working on a new book about Black librarianship.

Dr. Joe Watkins, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is a Research Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. From 2007–2013 he was the Director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. He has more than 45 years of experience in anthropology and archaeology, working in the public and private sectors of cultural resources management, as a program administrator and professor in higher education, and as a private consultant. He serves as a mediator and advocate for indigenous groups worldwide, including North American Indians and First Nations, Australian Aboriginals, New Zealand Maori, and the Japanese Ainu. He is the author of Indigenous Archaeology: American Indian Values and Scientific Practice (Alta Mira Press 2000), Reclaiming Physical Heritage: Repatriation and Sacred Sites (Chelsea House Publishers 2005), and with Carol Ellick, The Anthropology Graduate's Guide: From Student to a Career (Left Coast Press 2011).



"This is the most beautifully designed electronic product I've ever seen, as creatively functional as it is attractive. At screen top left is a Quick Search box with a link to an Advanced Search screen directly beneath it. Underneath that is a Subject Browse list with links to Arts & Entertainment; Business & Labor; Education; Folklore & Customs; History; Icons; Immigration; Literature; Music; Organizations; Politics, Law, & Civil Rights; Religion; Science & Medicine; Sports; and Women. At screen right are links to Landmark Documents, Origins, Spanish Content, Timeline, and Title List. At screen top right are persistent links to Home, Browse, Additional Resources, and Index as well as to an overall description of file contents; biographies of the impressive members of the LAE advisory board (experts, librarians, and scholars); Classroom Resources (e.g., lesson plans); and a Help section that neatly lays out all the elements of both Quick and Advanced searching, including proximity operators, Boolean logic, and wild cards....Recommended for public and school libraries for its online access to material long overdue for coverage by electronic publishers."—Library Journal

"Greenwood's Latino American Experience paints a mural that is as intricate and as colorful as the lives, history, and events that fill its pages. This database provides the sort of unique content that might only be found within the special collections of a large public or university library....The Latino American Experience provides students and teachers with resources previously unavailable. Teachers will appreciate the Lesson Plans, which include National Standards, Strands, Objectives, Historical Perspectives of the subject, materials needed (including dowloadable organizers and rubrics), key questions, points of view, directions, assessment tools, and even extentions to the research assignment. Students will enjoy the ability to easily locate often hard-to-find pieces of information, as well as the 2.0 elements including a blog....[L]atino American Experience deserves an A+ for bring together an important piece of the puzzle which truly does create an American Mosaic."—School Library Journal

"Latino American Experience Blog Review Looks to be an interesting and very timely resource for libraries, so En mi opinion is bookmarked on my computer."—Cheryl LaGuardia's news and views on e-products Library Journal

"The Latino American Experience is a full-text, multimedia database with both English and Spanish content focusing on individuals of Hispanic origin living in the Americas from pre-Columbian times until the present day. The database contains a core set of electronic reference books, images, primary documents, and links to select Web sites. It features a simple, attractive, intuitive homepage. The advanced search option permits useful limiters by document type to articles, primary sources, external resources, and images....This is a promising beginning for what could prove to be a valuable resource....Recommended."—Library Media Connection

"Drawing on a long-standing list of scholarly works on Latino cultures, some 200 titles total, Greenwood has launched a subscription website called the Latino American Experience, which offers readers references in English and Spanish, from encyclopedias and biographies to folktales, primary documents and recipies, as well as a variety of media....With more than 12,000 keywords in its index, the Latino American Experience spans a vast and fascinating territory."—Kirkus Reviews

"LAE is unique, useful and reasonably priced (pricing starts at $450 for school libraries and $650 for public libraries)....Recommended for public, high-school, and college libraries."—Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

"The Latino American Experience is the second in the American Mosaic series of full-text digital reference resources. The African American Experience (CH, Jan'07, 44-2453) preceded it, and more databases will follow. This visually appealing and intuitive online resource presently aggregates the contents of 167 print reference titles. ... Material is primarily in English, but Spanish-language resources are also included. A simple search box remains available in a prominent corner as one navigates through the database. The advanced search option offers the ability to limit by articles, images, primary documents, or external sources. ... The browsing function moves students through a narrowing hierarchy toward results via side-by-side windows with multiple levels of categories/subcategories displayed along with the resulting articles. ... [No other resource] provides the breadth of coverage—from cooking and music to politics and literature—found here. This is a spectacular resource, reasonably priced. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and secondary school students.' "—Choice

"Developed by a team of Latino librarians, The Latino American Experience spans the interests and research needs of students and scholars. ... LAE deserves an A+' "—School Library Journal

"Encompassing the content of more than 200 volumes—from encyclopedias to biographies—this wide-ranging database focuses on all aspects of Latin American history and culture from pre-Columbian times to the present day. It is designed, developed, and indexed under the guidance of Latino librarians and library directors to meet the research and curriculum needs of students, teachers, librarians, and researchers."—ARBA

"Due to the fact that this resource is under the guidance of leading scholars in the area of Latin American studies, and is updated regularly, this database is highly recommended."—ARBA


Outstanding Academic Title — CHOICE

2013 CODiE Award Finalist - Best Education Reference Solution — SIIA

2014 Best Latin American Studies Website — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)



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