Understanding Latino History

Excavating the Past, Examining the Present

by Pablo R. Mitchell


There are more than 50 million Latinos in the United States. In some areas, Latinos are becoming majority-minority populations.

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December 2017


Pages 303
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Race and Ethnicity/Latino and Hispanic Studies
  American History/Race and Ethnicity

This Latino history textbook is an outstanding reference source that covers many different Latino groups within a single comprehensive narrative.

Latinos make up a vibrant, expanding, and extremely diverse population with a history of being in the Americas that dates back to the early 16th century. Today, Latinos represent the largest ethnic minority group in the United States, yet the history of Latinos is largely unknown to the wider nation. This book tells the larger "story" of Latinos in the United States and describes how they represent a breadth of ethnicities, addressing not only those in very large numbers from countries such as Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador, but also Latino people from Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, Panama, and Costa Rica, as well as indigenous Oaxacans and Mixtecos, among others.

Organized chronologically, the book's coverage begins with the arrival of the Spanish in the Americas around 1500 and stretches to the present. Each chapter discusses a particular time period and addresses multiple Latino groups in the United States together in the same narrative. The text is supplemented with interesting sidebars that spotlight topics such as Latino sports figures, authentic recipes, and Latino actors and pop stars. These sidebars help to engage readers and assist them in better understanding the wide range of "the Latino American experience" in the modern context.


  • Provides information that is accessible to a general student audience, supplying a comprehensive narrative history that covers various Latino groups along with profiles of notable Latinos from every era
  • Covers all Latino groups, placing the history of Mexican Americans alongside the cultures and experiences of Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Central and South Americans
  • Includes primary sources with guiding questions that will help students develop interpretive, critical thinking skills
  • Ideally suited to serve as a reference source and as a classroom survey text for students studying Latino history
Author Info

Pablo R. Mitchell is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as professor of history and comparative American studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH. He is the author of Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880–1920 and West of Sex: Making Mexican America, 1900–1930.



"Readers of all types—high school and college students, interested adults, and possibly academics—will this find this a work of value, at a quite reasonable price. Libraries serving all these constituencies should certainly consider adding this volume to their collections."ARBA

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