The Complete Idiot's Guide to Latino History and Culture

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Penguin, 2002 - 314 pages
A beginner's/re-learner's look at the history, folklore, and traditions of Hispanics in the United States and Latin America, from the 16th century to the present day.

-- Explores both the conquest and the "reconquest" of the United States by Latino culture.

-- An enjoyable read for both those of Latino heritage and interested "Gringos."

-- History, culture, literature, music, food, people, places, and more!

In the 2000 U.S. Census, 12.5% of Americans (more than 22 million people) identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino, with the vast majority of Mexican descent. (As a matter of fact, by 2006 Hispanics are expected to overtake blacks as the largest ethnic group in the country, with their culture expected to greatly influence the greater U.S. culture.) The fascination with things Latino -- from margaritas and Cinco de Mayo to salsa music, the poems of Pablo Neruda, and the mambo and tango -- continues unabated. The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Latino History and Culture brings the Latino universe to life, in a grand exploration of 400 years of Hispanic influence in the New World.

 

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Contents

The Latino Lesson
3
Bienvenido a America
4
Do the Math
5
CityLovers
6
Top Latino Cities in the United States
7
Away from the Bright Lights
9
Suburbia
10
You Can Take the Latino Out of the Barrio but
11
Comforting Compatriots
150
Children First
151
Family Values
152
Other Values
153
Macho Man
154
The Rules of the Macho Game
155
Rebels with Cause
156
Dump the Guys
157

More to Come
12
The New Flavor of Life
13
Tall Dark and Handsome?
14
Two Paths One Destination Immigrating to America
17
The Roads to El Norte
18
Working for the Yankee Dollar
19
Theres No Free Ride
20
Other Points of Entry
21
No Need for Stinking Papers
23
Brother Can You Spare a Quota
24
The Reconquest of America
29
La Primera Palabra
30
Seven Cities of Gold
31
The Pass to the North
32
Kino Can Do
33
Comings and Goings
34
The Spanish John Smith and Pocahontas
35
Nueva York
36
From the Caribbean with Love
38
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
39
You Say Hispanic I Say Latino Latin American Identity
41
You Say Potato I Say Patata
42
Get Hip to the Language
43
Are You Talking to Me?
44
In This Corner Hispanic
45
In That Corner Latino
46
Cant They Stop Speaking in Spanish?
47
Uablas Spanglish?
48
Round and Round It Goes
49
Were the World The Latino Universe
51
What Pueblo Are You From?
53
Were Many
54
Across the Ocean Blue
55
From Asia
56
The Japanese
58
Muslims and Moros
60
Happy Coupling
61
Whats in the Mix?
62
The Lay of the Land Mapping Latin America
63
An Awful Lot of Land
64
South to Central America
66
The Deep South of South America
67
Flying Down to Rio
68
Rolling On to the Southern Cone
70
Cruising the Sunny Caribbean
72
Latin American Isles
74
Mayas Aztecs and Incas Americas PreEuropean Civilizations
75
The MayasAztecslncas
76
Maya Decline
77
The Eagle and the Serpent
78
The Fighting Aztecs
79
A Doomed People
80
IncaInc
81
Power Of Persuasion
82
A Fatal Flaw
83
Other Civilizations
84
The Spanish Are Coming the Spanish Are Coming Colonization and Conquest
87
A Mighty Queen and a Daring Explorer
88
An Offer You Cant Refuse
89
Calling Off Columbus
90
Oh Lucky Man
91
Into the Valley of Death
92
P for Pizarro and Peru
93
Other Conquests
94
Not By Bread Alone
95
Pretty Words A Pretty Woman
96
Birth of Nations Independence for All
99
All or Nothing
100
My Mother the Tyrant
101
Padre Knows Best
102
Two of a Kind
103
One America One Problem
105
Personality Problems
106
A Mexican Hero
107
Cronies and Caudillos The Twentieth Century
109
The Century of the Americas?
110
American Know Mow
111
The Teacher and the Tyrant
112
Dont Cry for Me Argentina
113
Castro
114
Outside the Revolution Nothing
115
The Niqht of the General
116
The Dirty War
117
The End of the Road
118
Operation Just Cause
119
So far from God and So Near to the United States
121
So Near to the United States
122
Short War Long Memory
123
A Splendid Little War
124
The Revolution Without Bloodshed
125
Tell It to the Marines
126
Central Casting
127
Not Such a Holy Sunday
128
Return Engagements
129
A Walk to the Past
130
A Few Good Men and Women Latino Icons
133
17831830
134
18391903
135
18061872
136
What Price Freedom?
137
18531895
138
1959
139
For My People
140
Butterflies
141
In the Name of Zapata
142
Body and Soul Latin Style
145
Mi FamiliaHome and Family Life
147
Family Affair
148
Not by Law
149
The Troubled Familia
158
Tradición Religious Traditions
161
News from Other Worlds
162
Three Changes of Heart
163
Northern Ways
164
The Presence of the Church
165
The Protestant Way
166
Protestantism in El Norte
167
Pentecostal Paths
168
The Way of the Saints
169
The Ways of Santeros
170
Of the Spirit
171
Personal Contact with the Other World
172
Where One Eats Two Share a Meal
173
Food from South of the Border
174
Toma Chocolate
175
The Exchange
176
Try This
177
Frijoles Neqros
178
Plato Nacional
179
Argentina
180
A Few Adapted Dishes
181
From Mambo to Tango Songs to Sonnets Soccer to Baseball
183
The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
185
All the Sounds of the Earth
186
The Flames of Flamenco
187
From Africa with Music
188
Bang the Drum Hot Slowly
189
It Takes Two to Tango
190
Dancing with a Broken Leg
191
Salon Mexico
192
Lovely Lament
193
Back to the Classics
195
Writing with a Spanish Accent
197
In the Beginning
198
Nineteenth Century Nueva York
199
Of Poets and Pain
200
The Ballad of Greqorio Cortez
201
Chicanos Nuyoricans and Cubanos
202
Dont Forget About the Dominicans
203
All the World Is a Stage
204
Why Oscar Hijuelos Isnt Like Ernest Hemingway
205
Books for All Season
206
Lights Camera Acdon
209
Made in Hollywood
210
Bandidos from Spain
211
Latin Lovers
212
Mysterious Ways
213
Spitfire
214
Greener Pastures
215
Positive Portrayals
216
We All Love Lucy
217
Desis and Lucys Legacy
218
Down Mexican Ways
219
The Beauty and the Comico
220
Argentine Ways
221
Made in Cuba
222
Legendary Latinos
223
Lets Play Ball
225
A Lot of BS
226
A Passionate Game
227
Latinos Favorite Players
228
Lrts Play Btisbol
229
Peloteros
230
From Santo Domingo
231
Leyendas or Legends
232
The Latino KO
234
The Golden Boy
235
LivingontheHyphen
237
Mr Menendez Goes to Washington
239
The First Politicians
240
Three Caballeros
241
New York Lords
242
Dos Caballeros Plus a Lady
243
Cubanos
244
More Politicians
245
All Politics Is Local
246
The Latino Voter
247
What Do Latinos Want?
248
Your Negocio Is My Business
251
Beginning a Business
252
Negocios de Familias
253
Bodegas and Bolita
254
Economic Enclaves
255
Fernandos 500?
257
Rich Latinos
258
Good News
259
Going to College
261
Preschool
262
Elementary School
263
High School
264
College Life
266
Failure
267
More Help
268
Colleges for Latinos
269
Mañana Mañana
271
The More The Merrier
272
South of the Border
273
Immigration Woes
274
The Least Likely Place
275
Opponents of Bilingual Education
276
English Plus
277
Looking at a Latino Hollywood
278
El Señor Presidente
279
Latino Holidays
281
Las Palabras A Glossary
287
Libros For Further Reading
295
Index
303
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Danilo H. Figueredo is the director of the Library and Media Center at Bloomfield College, in New Jersey and has served as executive director of the New Jersey Library Association as well as Latin American bibliographer in the New York Public Library's Reference Libraries. He has a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Literature as well as a Masters in Library Science. He has taught Latino literature courses at Bloomfield College and Montclair State University. He is the author (under the name D. H. Figueredo) of Cuba: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, which will be published by Greenwood in 2002. His work has been published in anthologies and journals and he has lectured at universities and conferences in the New York metropolitan area on Latin American culture and literature. Figueredo is a consultant on Latin American literature to the Boston Public Library, Collier's Encyclopedia, and a number of universities and publishers.

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