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Struggling to Become American
  • Format
  • Authored by: Robin Doak; Consulting Editor: Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: Latino-American History
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816064431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6443-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 12/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 973
  • Reading Level: Grades 5-8
  • Pages: 112


The late 19th-century imperial surge of the United States greatly affected Latino Americans. Struggling to Become American: 1899-1940 covers Puerto Rican and Cuban immigration, along with Mexican migration, and spotlights Latinos who fought for the United States during World War I. Students will also find discussion about conditions on the U.S. homefront, where a great number of Latino laborers were recruited to work in the railway, steel, meatpacking, construction, and agriculture industries. This book also describes early Latino-American struggles for acceptance, equality, and fair treatment in the United States, particularly during the Great Depression.


Full-color photographs and illustrations. Maps. Sidebars. Timeline. Further reading. Glossary. Index.

About the Author(s)

Robin Doak writes fiction and nonfiction books for children, from elementary grades through high school. She has written about the human body, U.S. presidents, athletes, and immigration. Doak is a former editor of Weekly Reader, and, in addition to her extensive experience writing for children, she has also written numerous support guides for educators. Doak holds a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut.

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.

Reviews and Awards

“Plenty of captioned photographs, political cartoons, and colorful subheads and informational sidebars keep the book visually interesting…This book would be a good choice for rounding out any American history collection, but will be particularly useful in communities with large Latino populations.”
School Library Journal

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