Covers 518 individuals from the eighteenth century through the present, offering a fascinating perspective on Latino history in the United States.
Great Lives from History: Latinos features 518 essays from the eighteenth century to the present. The majority of the individuals included in this set have never been covered in this series before. Many individuals are household names, famous for such high-profile professions as entertainment, music, politics, and sports, while others have received less attention but made important contributions to civil rights and science or helped pave the way for others in their community in areas such as education, law, and business.
For purposes of this publication, the term "Latino" includes all persons of at least partial Hispanic ancestry who were or are American citizens or who have resided or worked in the United States long enough to become identified with the Spanish-speaking Latino community. By this definition, a person such as the Mexican baseball player Fernando Valenzuela may be considered a "Latino."
Organization & Format
Each essay is approximately 3 to 4 pages in length and displays ready-reference top matter, which offers easy access to biographical information, including the individual's name(including any other versions or alternate spellings), occupation (including nationality for immigrants), area of achievement, and dates of birth and/or death. Also included is a brief synopsis explaining the individual's historical or social importance.
The body of the essay is divided into several sections:
"Early Life" provides facts about the individual's upbringing and the environment in which he or she was reared. This section also provides the pronunciation of the profiled subject's full name upon first mention.
"Life's Work" is a straightforward, generally chronological account of how the individual gained recognition in his or her chosen field, emphasizing the most significant achievements in the figure's life and career.
"Significance" provides an overview of the importance of the individual's accomplishments, and discusses why it is important to study this individual.
All essays conclude with notes for further research and cross-references to other essays in the set.
Front and back matter include:
- A Complete List of Contents
- Pronunciation Key
- "List of Inventions"
- Essay on Patent Law
- Chronological List of Entries
- Timeline of Inventions
- Biographical Directory of Inventors
- Category Index
- Geographical Index
- Inventions Index
- Subject Index