Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, And Society In The United States (4 Vol. Set)

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*Starred Review* As the name implies, this impressive encyclopedia explores the many roles Latinos have played in the U.S. And their impact on American history, culture, and society. Designed for both students and scholars, the work is not meant to be "a reference book about Hispanic civilization in general or about Latin America in particular." Rather, its focus is on "lo hispano in Anglo-America." The objective is to present "the diverse, versatile, multifaceted Hispanic civilization in the United States." Editor Stavans (Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Cultures, Amherst College) has published several books on Hispanics in the U.S. He draws on the expertise of an editorial board and staff and contributions from approximately 200 Latino researchers, professors, journalists, scholars, and others.

The approximately 650 entries range from 500 to 5,000 words in length. The scope is wide and occasionally moves beyond U.S. borders to encompass Hispanic populations of Canada. Historically, the encyclopedia paints a portrait of U.S.-Latino history from the sixteenth century to the present. Around 150 of the entries are biographical, the selection aiming to reach a balance across historical periods, disciplines, national backgrounds, and gender. Among the individuals who are covered are Julia Alvarez, Cesar Chavez, Gloria Estefan, Richard Rodiguez, and Sammy Sosa. Other entries cover topics in areas such as the arts (Adobe, Muralism, Television); education (Bilingualism, Cuban studies, Parochial schools); family life (Aging, Marriage, Quinceanera); immigration (Deportation, Operation Wetback); literature (^Literature, Dominican American; Translation), religion (Dia de los Muertos, Evangelism, Santeria); and sports (Baseball, Olympic Games). Each entry has cross-references and a bibliography of print and electronic resources. Sidebars contain excerpts from literary works, speeches, and more. The volumes are well illustrated with black-and-white images, and each volume contains an excellent selection of color plates. Following the entries are a "Synoptic Table of Contents" and appendixes offering primary documents, statistical tables, and a list of Latino and Latina members of Congress, 1822-2004.

In sum, Encyclopedia Latina is highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Its broad historical sweep and multidisciplinary coverage make it an indispensable reference resource for collections serving Latino populations and a good companion for The Hispanic American Almanac: A Reference Work on Hispanics in the United States (Gale, 2003). Diana Kirby
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Grade 9 Up–This encyclopedia lives up to the scope claimed in its subtitle. The 650 alphabetically arranged, signed entries cover a range of topics from the general (Alcohol, History, Painting) to the specific (Aztlán, Zoot Suit Riots, Proposition 187, Congressional Hispanic Caucus). There is an entry on each of the 50 states, and numerous biographical entries are included. Discussions of Adoption, Afro-American Influences, Puerto Rican Politics, and United States-Mexico Border attest to the broad reach of the set. Each entry ends with a list of the related articles found in the set, a bibliography, and, sometimes, a list of selected Web sites. The appendixes at the end of the final volume include primary documents such as treaties and constitutions. The detailed index is nearly 100 pages long. Each volume contains an eight-page center insert of excellent color photographs in addition to the numerous average-quality, black-and-white photos and reproductions, and charts and maps placed throughout the text. Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture (Greenwood, 2004) has a narrower scope and is less scholarly in approach. Encyclopedia Latina is an excellent resource for anyone researching Latino history and culture.–Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA
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