Following World War II, Latinos, like other Americans, sought the American dream. Fighting for American Values tracks the struggles and progress of Latino Americans through the mid-1980s. As the U.S. economy grew, so did the need for cheap labor. In many parts of the United States, Latino Americans and Latino immigrants provided the solution to this need. Latinos also joined other groups in the fight for civil rights, seeking both political and economic equality with their Anglo counterparts. The result of these struggles was a new sense of Latino-American identity.
Full-color photographs and illustrations. Maps. Sidebars. Timeline. Further reading. Glossary. Index.
About the Author(s)
Robin Doak holds a B.A. in English, with a concentration in journalism, from the University of Connecticut. She worked for the Weekly Reader Corporation as an editor and is currently a freelance writer, who, over the last 10 years, has authored or coauthored 38 books, primarily educational reading material for children.
Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Ph.D., consulting editor and author of the preface included in each volume, holds a joint B.A. degree in history and German literature from the University of British Columbia; an M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale University in Latin American history; and a Ph.D. from Yale University in Latin American and U.S. Latino history. He is currently assistant professor of history at the University of Connecticut. Professor Overmyer-Velázquez is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and has written many articles, chapters, and book reviews on Latin American and U.S. Latino history. He is the author of Visions of the Emerald City: Modernity, Tradition and the Formation of Oaxaca, Mexico.