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FYS: Unsilencing the Past: Stories from the Borderlands: Bibliography on U.S. Latino/a History

Sources on United States Latino/Latina History

The titles below introduce you to some of the historical and recent writings about Latinos and Latinas in the United States.  Some of the titles are in print, as well as in an electronic version of the printed book.

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General Surveys, Textbooks, and Encyclopedias

General Encyclopedias, Surveys

Acosta-Belén, Edna, and Barbara R. Sjostrom.  The Hispanic Experience in the United States : Contemporary Issues and Perspectives. New York: Praeger, 1988. Print.

González, Juan.  Harvard of Empire: A History of Latinos in America. New York: Viking, 2000. Print.

Heyck, Denis L. D. Barrios and Borderlands: Cultures of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. New York: Routledge, 1994. Print.

Oboler, Suzanne, and Deena J. González.  The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinas and Latinos in the United States.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Print.

Ruíz, Vicki, and Korrol V. Sánchez. Latinas in the United States : A Historical Encyclopedia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. Print.

Griswold, del C. R, and León A. De.  North to Alztan:  A History of Mexican Amerians in the United States. , 1996. Print.



Gutiérrez, Ramón A. When Jesus Came the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 1991. Print.

del, Rosario M. I. Theatre of the Borderlands: Conflict, Violence, and Healing. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017. Internet resource.

Truett, Samuel, and Elliott Young. Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004. Print.

Valerio-Jiménez, Omar S. River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013. Print.

Hinojosa, Rolando. Estampas Del Valle Y Otras Obras= Sketches of the Valley and Other WorksBerkeley, Calif: Editorial Justa Publications, 1977. Print.


Chicano Feminism

Chicano Feminism

Blackwell, Maylei. Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011. Print.

Blea, Irene I. La Chicana and the Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender. New York: Praeger, 1992. Print.

García, Alma M. Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings. New York: Routledge, 1997. Print.

Hurtado, Aída. Voicing Chicana Feminisms: Young Women Speak Out on Sexuality and Identity. New York: New York University Press, 2003. Print.

Moraga, Cherríe, and Gloria Anzaldúa. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. , 2015. Print.

Saldívar-Hull, Sonia. Feminism on the Border: Chicana Gender Politics and Literature. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. Print.

Chicano History

Chicano History

Griswold, del C. R, and León A. De. North to Aztlán: A History of Mexican Americans in the United States.  1996. Print.

Acuña, Rodolfo.  Occupied America:  A History of Chicanos. New York: Harper & Row, 1988. Print.

Weber, David J.  Foreigners in Their Native Land : Historical Roots of the Mexican Americans. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1973. Print.





Gaspar, de A. A. Velvet Barrios: Popular Culture & Chicana/o Sexualities. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. Print.

Chabram-Dernersesian, Angie. The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Reader. New York: Routledge, 2006. Print.

Peña, Manuel H. The Texas-Mexican Conjunto: History of a Working-Class Music. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1985. Print.

Griswold, del C. R, Teresa McKenna, and Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano.Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985. Los Angeles: Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991. Print.

Tatum, Charles M. Chicano Popular Culture: Que Hable El Pueblo. , 2017. Print.

De, La T. M. A.  Hispanic American Religious Cultures Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2009. Print.

Oboler, Suzanne, and Deena J. González.  The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos & Latinas in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Print.

Immigration and Migration

Immigration and Migration

Telles, Edward E, and Vilma Ortiz. Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2008. Print.

Gamio, Manuel. The Mexican Immigrant: His Life-Story : Autobiographic Documents. Chicago, Ill: University of Chicago Press, 1931. Print.

Gutiérrez, David. Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. Print.



Donato, Rubén. The Other Struggle for Mexican School: Mexican Americans During the Civil Rights Era.  Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1997. Internet resource.

San, Miguel G. "Let All of Them Take Heed": Mexican Americans and the Campaign for Educational Equality in Texas, 1910-1981. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1987. Print.

San, Miguel G. Brown, Not White: School Integration and the Chicano Movement in Houston. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2001. Internet resource.

Gonzalez, Gilbert G. Chicano Education in the Era of SegregationPhiladelphia: Balch Institute Press, 1990. Print.

Suárez-Orozco, Carola, and Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco.Transformations, Immigration, Family Life and Achievement Motivation among Latino AdolescentsStanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 1995. Print.

Labor and Workers

Labor and Workers

Romero, Mary. Maid in the U.S.A. New York: Routledge, 2002. Print.

Vargas, Zaragosa. Labor Rights Are Civil Rights: Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. Print.

Zamora, Emilio. The World of the Mexican Worker in Texas. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 1993. Internet resource.

Ruiz, Vicki.  Cannery Women, Cannery Lives : Mexican Women, Unionization, and the California Food Processing Industry, 1930-1950.  University of New Mexico Press, 1987. Print.

Valle, Isabel. Fields of Toil: A Migrant Family's Journey.  Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1994. Print.

Mexican American Politics

Mexican American Politics

Garciá, Ignacio M. United We Win: The Rise and Fall of La Raza Unida Party. Tucson: MASRC, the University of Arizona, 1989. Print.

Griswold, del C. R, and León A. De. North to Aztlán: A History of Mexican Americans in the United States. , 1996. Print.

Bedolla, Lisa.  Fluid Borders: Latina Power, Identity Politics in Los Angles. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. Print.

Mexican American Women

Mexican American Women

Adams, David W. Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890-1990. , 2016. Print

Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands: The New Mestiza = La Frontera. , 2012. Print.

Daudistel, Marcia H. Grace & Gumption: The Women of El Paso. Fort Worth, Tex: TCU Press, 2011. Print.

Ruíz, Vicki, and Korrol V. Sánchez.  Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography and Community.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Print.

Ruíz, Vicki. From out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-century AmericaNew York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2008. 

Mexican Folk Healing

Mexican Folk Healing

Torres, Eliseo, and Timothy L. Sawyer. Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2004. Print.

Holmes, Christina. Ecological Borderlands: Body, Nature and Spirit in Chicano Feminism., Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2016. Print


Religion/ Spiritual Activism

Aquino, María P., Daisy L. Machado, and Jeanette Rodriguez. A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2002. Internet resource.

Facio, Elisa, and Irene Lara. Fleshing the Spirit: Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women's Lives. , 2014. Print.

Matovina, Timothy. Guadalupe and Her Faithful: Latino Catholics in San Antonio, from Colonial Origins to the Present. Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. Print.

Medina, Lara. Las Hermanas: Chicana/Latina Religious-Political Activism in the U.S. Catholic Church. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004. Print.

Matovina, Timothy, and Gary Riebe-Estrella. Horizons of the Sacred: Mexican Traditions in U.S. Catholicism. Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press, 2002. Print.

Badillo, David A. Latinos and the New Immigrant Church Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. Print.

HallenbeckCleve, and Juanita H. Williams. Legends of the Spanish Southwest. Glendale, Calif: Arthur H. Clark Co, 1938. Print.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

Oboler, Suzanne.  Ethnic Labels, Latino Lives, Identity and the Politics of Representation  in the United States. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995. Print.

Haney-López, Ian.  Racism on Trial:  the Chicano Fight for  Justice. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003. Print.

Dávila, Arlene M.  Latinos, Inc. : The Marketing and Making of a People Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001. Print.

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

Peña, Devon G. Mexican Americans and the Environment: Tierra Y Vida. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2005. Print.

Donelson, Angela J, and Adrian X. Esparza.  The Colonias Reader: Economy, Housing, and Public Health in U.S.-Mexico Border Colonias. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010. Print.

Staudt, Kathleen A, and Irasema Coronado. Fronteras, No Mas: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. Print.