Best Hispanic American Demographic Studies Books

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1. An African American and Latinx History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY)

Author: by Paul Ortiz
Beacon Press
296 pages

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An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rightsSpanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the Global South was crucial to the development of America as we know it.

Scholar and activist Paul Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress as exalted by widely taught formulations like manifest destiny and Jacksonian democracy, and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms US history into one of the working class organizing against imperialism.

Drawing on rich narratives and primary source documents, Ortiz links racial segregation in the Southwest and the rise and violent fall of a powerful tradition of Mexican labor organizing in the twentieth century, to May 1, 2006, known as International Workers’ Day, when migrant laborersChicana/os, Afrocubanos, and immigrants from every continent on earthunited in resistance on the first Day Without Immigrants.

2. The Devil's Highway: A True Story

Author: by Luis Alberto Urrea
272 pages

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From a Pulitzer Prize finalist, “the single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. Border policy” (The Atlantic). In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the “Devil’s Highway.” Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them.

The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a “book of the year” in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic.

3. American Brujeria: Modern Mexican American Folk Magic

Author: by J. Allen Cross
Weiser Books (May 1, 2021)
240 pages

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A practical, hands-on guide to Mexican-American folk magic. American Brujeria is about the fascinating blend of American and Mexican folk magic currently practiced by those living in the US but whose roots are steeped in Mexican culture. The author, who has named this tradition American brujeria, explores this magical system, while also offering practical advice on using it.

American brujeria is a living, vital tradition that – while it shares things in common with other folk magic traditions, such as American Conjurealso features its own unique traditions, as well as familiar ones, such as the veneration of saints, both canonized, such as Guadalupe, and folk saints like Santa Muerte.

American Brujeria includes stories from Mexico (folk saints, the story of Guadalupe), the influence of Catholicism, the art of limpias (spiritual cleansings), spell casting, oil crafting, praying the rosary (in English and Spanish), making an altar to Guadalupe, using novena candle magic, crafting protective charms from saints’ medals, and more.

4. This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color

Author: by Cherríe Moraga

336 pages

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Updated and expanded edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism.

5. My Beloved World

Author: by Sonia Sotomayor
432 pages

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A searching and emotionally intimate memoir (The New York Times) told with a candor never before undertaken by a sitting Justice. This powerful defense of empathy (The Washington Post) is destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery. The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon.

In this story of human triumph that hums with hope and exhilaration (NPR), she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother.

But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that the precocious Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself. She would learn to give herself the insulin shots she needed to survive and soon imagined a path to a different life.

6. Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism

Author: by Laura E. Gómez
336 pages

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Named One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR A timely and groundbreaking argument that all Americans must grapple with Latinos’ dynamic racial identitybecause it impacts everything we think we know about race in America Latinos have long influenced everything from electoral politics to popular culture yet many people instinctively regard them as recent immigrants rather than a longstanding racial group.

In Inventing Latinos Laura Gmez a leading expert on race law and society illuminates the fascinating race-making unmaking and re-making of Latino identity that has spanned centuries leaving a permanent imprint on how race operates in the United States today.

Pulling back the lens as the country approaches an unprecedented demographic shift (Latinos will comprise a third of the American population in a matter of decades) Gmez also reveals the nefarious roles the United States has played in Latin Americafrom military interventions and economic exploitation to political interferencethat taken together have destabilized national economies to send migrants northward over the course of more than a century.

7. When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Author: by Esmeralda Santiago
Da Capo Press
278 pages

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One of “The Best Memoirs of a Generation” (Oprah’s Book Club): a young woman’s journey from the mango groves and barrios of Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, and eventually on to Harvard In a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, poverty and tenderness, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby’s soul to heaven.

But when her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually a new identity. In the first of her three acclaimed memoirs, Esmeralda brilliantly recreates her tremendous journey from the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years, to translating for her mother at the welfare office, and to high honors at Harvard.

8. Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.

Author: by Luis J. Rodriguez
Atria Books
262 pages

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The award-winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles, now featuring a new introduction by the author. Winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as a New York Times notable book, and read by hundreds of thousands, Always Running is the searing true story of one man’s life in a Chicano gangand his heroic struggle to free himself from its grip.

By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East Los Angeles gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests and then watched with increasing fear as gang life claimed friends and family members.

Before long, Rodriguez saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation. Achieving success as an award-winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no moreuntil his young son joined a gang.

9. True Tales From Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino and the Bronx

Author: by Sam Quinones
August 3, 2015

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A cult classic of a book from Mexico’s vital margins stories of drag queens and Oaxacan Indian basketball players, popsicle makers and telenovela stars, migrants, farm workers, a slum boss, and a doomed tough guy. Sam Quinones – one of the great contemporary reporters out of Mexico, the border, and the immigrant diaspora begins True Tales with the life and death of the godfather of the Narcocorrido, Chalino Sanchez.

The book recounts a small-town lynching of two traveling salesmen and how a village of ranchers invented one of Mexico’s greatest business models popsicle shops, which are now everywhere part of the country’s landscape. There’s the stunning story of Zeus Garcia, a bus boy in Santa Monica and the Michael Jordan of Oaxacan Indian basketball players.

And Aristeo Prado, a renegade from a tiny rancho known for poverty and wanton violence. Along the way, Quinones lives with a colony of drag queens in the red-light district of Mazatlan as they prepare for the country’s oldest gay beauty queen contest.

10. America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States

Author: by Erika Lee
480 pages

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This definitive history of American xenophobia is “essential reading for anyone who wants to build a more inclusive society” (Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist). The United States is known as a nation of immigrants.

But it is also a nation of xenophobia. In America for Americans, Erika Lee shows that an irrational fear, hatred, and hostility toward immigrants has been a defining feature of our nation from the colonial era to the Trump era.

Benjamin Franklin ridiculed Germans for their “strange and foreign ways.” Americans’ anxiety over Irish Catholics turned xenophobia into a national political movement. Chinese immigrants were excluded, Japanese incarcerated, and Mexicans deported. Today, Americans fear Muslims, Latinos, and the so-called browning of America.

Forcing us to confront this history, Lee explains how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens America. Now updated with an epilogue reflecting on how the coronavirus pandemic turbocharged xenophobia, America for Americans is an urgent spur to action for any concerned citizen.

11. Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between

Author: by Eric Nusbaum
352 pages

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A story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city. Dodger Stadium is an American icon. But the story of how it came to be goes far beyond baseball. The hills that cradle the stadium were once home to three vibrant Mexican American communities.

In the early 1950s, those communities were condemned to make way for a utopian public housing project. Then, in a remarkable turn, public housing in the city was defeated amidst a Red Scare conspiracy. Instead of getting their homes back, the remaining residents saw the city sell their land to Walter O’Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Now LA would be getting a different sort of utopian fantasy – a glittering, ultra-modern stadium. But before Dodger Stadium could be built, the city would have to face down the neighborhood’s families – including one, the Archigas, who refused to yield their home.

The ensuing confrontation captivated the nation – and the divisive outcome still echoes through Los Angeles today.

12. 500 Years of Chicana Women's History/500 Años de la Mujer Chicana

Author: by Elizabeth "Betita" Martínez
Rutgers University Press
340 pages

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Named the 2009 AAUP Best of the Best – Outstanding Book Distinction The history of Mexican Americans spans more than five centuries and varies from region to region across the United States. Yet most of our history books devote at most a chapter to Chicano history, with even less attention to the story of Chicanas.

500 Years of Chicana Women’s History offers a powerful antidote to this omission with a vivid, pictorial account of struggle and survival, resilience and achievement, discrimination and identity. The bilingual text, along with hundreds of photos and other images, ranges from female-centered stories of pre-Columbian Mexico to profiles of contemporary social justice activists, labor leaders, youth organizers, artists, and environmentalists, among others.

With a distinguished, seventeen-member advisory board, the book presents a remarkable combination of scholarship and youthful appeal. In the section on jobs held by Mexicanas under U.S. Rule in the 1800s, for example, readers learn about flamboyant Doa Tules, who owned a popular gambling saloon in Santa Fe, and Eulalia Arrilla de Prez, a respected curandera (healer) in the San Diego area.

13. Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity

Author: by Paola Ramos
Vintage (October 20, 2020)
336 pages

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Young Latinos across the United States are redefining their identities, pushing boundaries, and awakening politically in powerful and surprising ways. Many of themAfrolatino, indigenous, Muslim, queer and undocumented, living in large cities and small townsare voices who have been chronically overlooked in how the diverse population of almost sixty million Latinos in the U.S.

Has been represented.No longer. In this empowering cross-country travelogue, journalist and activist Paola Ramos embarks on a journey to find the communities of people defining the controversial term, Latinx. She introduces us to the indigenous Oaxacans who rebuilt the main street in a post-industrial town in upstate New York, the Las Poderosas who fight for reproductive rights in Texas, the musicians in Milwaukee whose beats reassure others of their belonging, as well as drag queens, environmental activists, farmworkers, and the migrants detained at our border.

Drawing on intensive field research as well as her own personal story, Ramos chronicles how Latinx has given rise to a sense of collectivity and solidarity among Latinos unseen in this country for decades. A vital and inspiring work of reportage, Finding Latinx calls on all of us to expand our understanding of what it means to be Latino and what it means to be American.

14. Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics

Author: by Arlene Dávila
264 pages

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In Latinx Art Arlene Dvila draws on numerous interviews with artists, dealers, and curators to explore the problem of visualizing Latinx art and artists. Providing an inside and critical look of the global contemporary art market, Dvila’s book is at once an introduction to contemporary Latinx art and a call to decolonize the art worlds and practices that erase and whitewash Latinx artists.

Dvila shows the importance of race, class, and nationalism in shaping contemporary art markets while providing a path for scrutinizing art and culture institutions and for diversifying the art world.

15. Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

Author: by Juan Gonzalez
Penguin Books
416 pages

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A sweeping history of the Latino experience in the United States- thoroughly revised and updated. The first new edition in ten years of this important study of Latinos in U.S. History, Harvest of Empire spans five centuries-from the first New World colonies to the first decade of the new millennium.

Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States, and their impact on American popular culture-from food to entertainment to literature-is greater than ever. Featuring family portraits of real- life immigrant Latino pioneers, as well as accounts of the events and conditions that compelled them to leave their homelands, Harvest of Empire is required reading for anyone wishing to understand the history and legacy of this increasingly influential group.