The Schlager Anthology of Hispanic America: A Student’s Guide to Essential Primary Sources

Schlager. (Schlager Anthologies for Students). 2 vols. Mar. 2023. 598p. ed. by Sánchez, Aaron E,. ed. Tr $285. ISBN 9781935306849.
Gr 8 Up–An excellent resource for U.S. history and Latinx studies and research. This anthology of primary sources presents a treasure trove of documents that can be used in a class setting. The 12 chapters cover Hispanic American history from pre-contact to the present day, in mostly chronological order. They are short form works, such as speeches, poems, diary entries, and reproductions of photos and paintings, all meant to provide accessible points of entry for high school or undergrad students. Longer examples are abridged, useful for striving readers. Discussion questions follow each of the 150 entries, ranging in difficulty from basic to more advanced; websites, glossary, and further reading are also included. Black-and-white photos are scattered throughout. Frank discussion on the use of the term Hispanic American instead of Latino/a/x is included in the introduction, as well as the complexity of studying a culture that transcends national, language, and racial boundaries.
VERDICT A comprehensive overview of Latinx history that was tailor-made for educators and students.

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