FOREWORD This important encyclopedia proves that Latinos have a history in all 50 U.S. states, and it anticipates how and why residents of Latin American descent will continue to play critical roles throughout the hemisphere. Its publication follows up on announcements that Latinos have recently become the nation’s largest minority population and on predictions about what this fact will mean for rural America, for race relations in U.S. cities, for future Democratic and Republican political campaigns, and for the cultural industries of New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. It also follows up on new attention paid by Latin American countries to emigrants: those family members, wage earners, and fellow citizens who have for decades been in the United States as students, labor migrants, or refugees from violence. It therefore contributes to critical national and hemispheric debates about our shared past and future, about the causes and consequences of migra- tion, about the ways in which governments respond to demands by citizens and noncitizens, and similar issues of central importance. The remarkable essays solicited by editor Mark Overmyer-Velázquez portray the dynamics, past and present, of changing migrant and native-born populations, and they explain the varied nature of Latino neighborhoods, workplaces, theaters, places of worship, and political organizations. Providing the first sustained accounts of Latinos in many regions of the United States and bringing essays of this sort together for the first time, Latino America: A State-by-State Encyclopedia should serve as a standard reference work for years to come. Because the contrib- utors emphasize diverse Latino experiences, it seems clear that students, educators,
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