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Hispanic American Reference Library: Almanac


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ISBN 10: 0810398230 / ISBN 13: 9780810398238
Editorial: UXL, 1995
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Título: Hispanic American Reference Library: Almanac

Editorial: UXL

Año de publicación: 1995

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fair

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This source, another entry in Gale's UXL list aimed at middle-school students, provides information about "the heritage, the communities and the growing influence of Hispanics on U.S. culture." It is based on the adult title, The Hispanic-American Almanac [RBB Ap 15 93], also edited by Kanellos. Fourteen chapters cover Spanish exploration; immigration to the U.S. from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba; family structure and the role of religion; the workplace and education; and contributions in the arts and sports. Each chapter is an easy-to-read essay on the topic, beginning with a boxed "Fact Focus" that highlights key concepts, events, and the like presented in the chapter. Boxed "Words to Know" and other facts are in sidebars. Black-and-white illustrations, some of which appear blurred, are scattered throughout. Further reading and an index complete the book.

The editors try to give all sides of the picture, and discrimination and enslavement are discussed. The emphasis is on Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican influences with a brief mention of Central Americans. In each case, a history of a country or area and its subsequent U.S. involvement is related, followed by a discussion of the reasons these people immigrated to the U.S. No sources are cited for the chapters. The further-reading list includes adult rather than young-adult books. The index does not include all names mentioned. For example, Gary Soto rates an illustration and mention for his poetry, but no index entry. Also, the index entry for Hatuey lists an incorrect page number.

All in all, this volume provides a much-needed point of access for middle-school students and their teachers--and older, reluctant readers or those with limited English proficiency--to Hispanic American history and culture. The essay format and fairly simple index do not lend themselves to ready reference. Libraries may find this volume better suited to the circulating collection.

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