Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Beyond the Latino World War II Hero - the Social and Political Legacy of a Generation

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Beyond the Latino World War II Hero - the Social and Political Legacy of a Generation

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Beyond the Latino World War II Hero - The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation by Maggie Rivas-Rodriquez and Emilio Zamora 2009. 25ó pgs. ISBN: 978-0-292-72115-9. $50.00 cloth. University' of Texas Press, www.utexas.edu/utpress

At time when the United States is windling down wars fougki on the other side of the globe, much attention is being paid, justifiably so, to returning veterans. That is what makes tins volume so timely and relevant to todays reader. A lot has been written and said about the Greatest Generation, but until now less has been said about Mexican-Americans who contributed so much in blood and treasure to preserve freedom here and abroad. As the editors charge, even the definitive Ken Burns 2007 documentary on World War II managed to exclude the contributions of Latinas and Latinos. Hence, the seeds of this book were sown. This omission is particularly vexing to the editors because of the legacy of Mexican-American men who participated in World War ?. Up to 750,000 Mexican-American men served in World War II, earning more medals of Honor and other decorations in proportion to dieir numbers than any other ethnic group.

Before tins volume, Maggie Rivas-Rodnguez edited Mexican Americans & World War If, which brought forth stories that added to the growing acknowledgment of Mexican-American patriotism as a meaningful force within the Greatest Generation. In this latest anthology, Rivas-Rodriguey: and historian Emilio Zamora team up with scholars from various disciplines to add new insights to die increasing body of evidence that makes their case. …

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