U.S. Latino Issues

U.S. Latino Issues

U.S. Latino Issues

U.S. Latino Issues

Synopsis

Does the term Latino - a construct of the U. S. government- successfully encompass the wide variety of Spanish-speaking people in this country? This introductory topic begins an overview of 10 major controversies that have embroiled U. S. Latinos, including Puerto Ricans, in recent years. Latinos have one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States today, making these issues front-page news across the country.

Issues include:

• Race Classification

• Assimilation

• Bilingual Education

• Open Borders

• Affirmative Action

• Interracial Dating and Marriage

• Funding Education and Health Care for Undocumented Immigrant

• Amnesty Program

• U. S. Military and Political Presence in Cuba

• U. S. Military Bases in Puerto Rico

Each topic is presented with a background, pro and con positions, and questions for the purpose of student debate and papers.

Excerpt

Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and South Asia are just some of the places where ethnic/racial issues have divided communities and countries. the United States has a long history of such division that often has erupted into violent conflict as well. in America, a nation of immigrants with many ethnic and racial groups, it is particularly important to understand the issues that separate us from one another. Nothing could be more damaging to our nation of nations than the misconception of others’ opinions on controversial topics.

The purpose of this series is to provide the means by which students particularly, but also teachers and general readers, can comprehend the contentious issues of our times. the diverse groups chosen for inclusion are the country’s main ethnic/racial minorities. Therefore, the groups covered are African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, Jewish Americans and Muslim Americans. Each book is written by an expert on that group, a scholar able to explain and discuss clearly in a narrative style the points of friction within the minority and between the minority and majority.

Each volume begins with the historical background of a contemporary issue, including court decisions and legislative action, that provides context. This introduction is followed by the pros and cons of the debate, various viewpoints, the opinion of notables, questions for discussion or paper topics, and recommended reading. Readers of this series will become conversant with such topics as affirmative action and reparations, Indian names and images . . .

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