History of Latinos
Exploring Diverse Roots
by Pablo R. Mitchell
August 2014, 206pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39349-5
$70, £54, 61€, A96
eBook Available: 978-0-313-39350-1
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The Latino consumer market now exceeds $850 million.

The first text of its kind to trace the combined history of Latino groups in the United States from 1500 to the present day.

Latinos have lived in North America for over 400 years, arriving decades before the Pilgrims and other English settlers. Yet for many outside of Latino ethnic groups, little is known about the cultures that comprise the Latino community … surprising considering their increasing presence in the U.S. population—over 50 million individuals at the latest census. This book explores the heritage and history of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Central and South Americans.

Unlike similar history surveys on these communities, this book places the 500 years of Latino history into a single narrative. Each chapter discusses the collective group within a particular time period—moving chronologically from 1500 to the present—revealing the shared experiences of community building and discrimination in the United States, the central role of Latinas and Latinos in their communities, and the diversity that exists within the communities themselves.


  • Features a timetable of major events in Latina/o history
  • Emphasizes the bonds between different groups rather than their differences
  • Includes images and illustrations to reinforce learning
  • Connects the shared histories of various Latino communities
Pablo R. Mitchell, PhD, is professor of history and comparative American studies at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH. His published works include West of Sex: Making of Mexican America, 1900–1930 and Coyote Nation: Sexuality, Race, and Conquest in Modernizing New Mexico, 1880–1920, a text which was awarded the 2007 Ray Allen Billington Prize by the Organization of American Historians. Mitchell holds a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan.
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