Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History

Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History

Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History

Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History


"From the Alianza Hispano-Americana, a mutual aid society founded in Tucson, Arizona in 1894, to the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles in 1943, this first-ever dictionary of important issues in the U. S. Latino struggle for civil rights defines a wide-ranging list of key terms. With over 922 entries on significant events, figures, laws, and other historical items, this ground-breaking reference work covers the fight for equality from the mid-nineteenth century to the present by the various Hispanic groups in the United States."


During recent years, Arte Público Press has supported the development of a dedicated series of books on Latino civil rights history. The series principally features first time works on the public record by Latino authors. It is intended to overcome the still-surprising dearth of books that treat Latino contributions to U.S. democracy and civic culture from the perspective of Hispanic Americans themselves. To date, the series has produced more than twenty new volumes of autobiographical and biographical works, non-fiction collections of essays and academic articles, and commentaries by some of the leading Latino and Latina civil rights advocates and scholars of the 20 and 21 centuries.

A still somewhat underrepresented aspect of the series has been the publication of reference books offering information and contextual analyses of major figures, organizations, and developments germane to the modern Latino civil rights field. F. Arturo Rosales' Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History offers a robust response to the pressing need for more published works of this sort. The dictionary promises to be an important new tool for researchers and scholars, journalists, civil rights advocates, and other interested observers of the national Latino community's rich social justice history in the United States.

Many readers of this volume—including even more informed readers —will be surprised by the breadth of Rosales' work, covering here more than 500 pages of text and nearly 1,000 entries. Though primarily focused on the Mexican American experience, which Rosales knows so well being one of the nation's most prestigious Mexican American historians, it also extends to the legacies of other key U.S. Latino groups and in doing so provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of the Latino civil rights experience in America ever produced in a reference format.

Even despite Rosales' achievement, I note in my own review of the Dictionary's contents that a few important names and events I expected to find there are not included. The arguable absence of certain worthy individuals and historical developments, however, is in the eye of the beholder and makes for interesting intellectual discussion and debate. It also speaks to the . . .

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