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The Hispanic American almanac : a reference work on Hispanics in the United States
Benson, Sonia.
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale/Thomson, [2003]

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xxvii, 886 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
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E184.S75 H557 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This resource describes all major aspects of the culture and civilization of Hispanic Americans living in the United States. Chapters cover such topics as: Spanish explorers and colonizers Significant documents Historic landmarks Labor and employment Women Religion Literature Art Prominent Hispanics Military Business Race And moreThe format of each chapter varies, based on the subject being discussed. Overall, the text is narrative, augmented by more than 450 photographs, maps and charts. A bibliography has been included at the end of each chapter to facilitate further research. The Almanac also includes a glossary and a keyword index.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Hispanics have grown to be the largest minority population in the U.S., surpassing African Americans, so the third edition of The Hispanic American Almanac arrives at an opportune time. It is a thorough resource covering people of the U.S. whose ancestors come from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Central America. The book contains 25 subject chapters (e.g., "Spanish Explorers and Colonizers"; "Law, Government, and Military"; "Art"). The introduction tells us that 24 of the chapters were written by Hispanic studies scholars, although no credentials are listed for the contributors. A chronology offers a year-by-year outline of the migration of Hispanics to this country. Following the chronology, the "Historical Overview" chapter details the evolution of three major Hispanic groups: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans. The "Significant Documents" chapter provides the researcher with documents such as the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1948), the NAFTA agreement, and California's Proposition 227. Having the actual documents in the volume is quite valuable to the young researcher. The final chapter contains more than 500 biographies highlighting Hispanics, including actor Antonio Banderas, writer Oscar Hijuelos, and Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez. Biographies range in length from a short paragraph to more than one-half page in length. Each chapter ends with a list of references for further research, and a general bibliography is found at the end of the volume. The approximately 330 illustrations include black-and-white photographs, drawings, tables, and figures. A glossary of Spanish terms assists the non-Spanish-speaking user with word definitions. A comprehensive keyword index provides easy access to the volume's contents, with biographical articles indicated in bold type. Well organized and written at a reading level that is easily understood, this volume is an excellent resource for high-school and public libraries for starting research on the Hispanic population.

Library Journal Review

Described as a "one-stop source" for information on what is now the largest racial minority group in the United States, this illustrated almanac contains 24 chapters with thematic essays on Hispanic history, population growth, and involvement in law, government, media, military, sports, performing arts, literature, and many other topics. In addition, it includes a chronology, 500 short biographies, a glossary, and a keyword index. A bibliography accompanies each essay, and there is also a general bibliography on Hispanics in the United States. While the essays provide useful topical overviews, this work does not specifically survey many Hispanic American groups (e.g., Argentinean Americans and Nicaraguan Americans) except for family information on Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Mexicans, and Dominicans. A discussion of interethnic and intraethnic alliances and tensions would have also enhanced the reference value. The Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America offers lengthier coverage of specific groups, and both the Dictionary of Hispanic Biography and Encyclopedia of Associations provide more comprehensive information on many of the subjects covered here. Nevertheless, the thematic essays serve as an excellent starting source for students and researchers. Recommended for most larger public and academic libraries and especially valuable for libraries serving growing Hispanic populations.-Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Now in its third edition (1st edition, CH, Jul'93), this work not only amplifies the previous editions but is a genuine update, including data from the 2000 census. The US's fastest-growing population segment, Hispanic groups (there is no single group) merit increasingly serious attention and study. Written by specialists, the 24 chapters offer a remarkable array of topics, beginning with a historical overview of the period of colonization to the present day. No aspect of Hispanic life in the US is left untouched; the work includes, e.g., role of the family and church, issues of race and immigration, stereotyping of Hispanics in the media. Each chapter supplies references for further reading, and there is an ample general bibliography. The index prints the extensive biographical entries (some 500) in boldface. Photographs and other illustrations complement the text. The book provides a good balance of historical and contemporary information. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels and all types of libraries. C. E. Perry East Central University