The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America

The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America

The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America

The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America

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The reciprocal process of interaction between the historian and his facts,
what I have called the dialogue between present and past, is a dialogue not
between abstract and isolated individuals, but between the society of today and
the society of yesterday. —EDWARD HALLETT CARR, What Is History? (1961)

Latinos in American Society

Latinos are now the largest minority in the United States, but they also are the least understood. Stereotypes and gross generalizations abound concerning this significant and growing ethnic group. This study about the life stories or the “truths” of what I call the Latino Generation is an attempt to challenge these distortions that are fueled by anti-immigrant or nativist views toward Latinos, as more recently witnessed in a number of states such as Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia that have passed anti-immigrants laws aimed at Latinos. In this study, I try to go beyond the superficial views about Latinos, including Chicanos (Mexican Americans), Central Americans, and other Latino groups, held by a number of non-Latinos and to present contemporary young Latinos—in their own voices—as whole and complex Americans. Defying the charges of being “illegal aliens,” foreigners, strangers, and un-American or antiAmerican, the oral histories or testimonios of these representatives of the Latino Generation in this volume belie all of these indictments and instead reveal aspiring and committed young Americans—the voices of the new America.

I tell students in my courses on Chicano studies that there are three main reasons why it is important for all of us, whatever ethnic background we are from, to have a deeper understanding of Latinos. First, just the demographics alone should force us to learn more. Latinos, as . . .

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