Latino Almanac: From Early Explorers to Corporate Leaders

by Nicolás Kanellos, Ph.D.
Latino Almanac

… profiles about 650 key figures in Latino history in the US and details their achievements … an introduction to Latinos in the US and a historical overview of the major Latino groups in the country.

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… thorough yet approachable resource … accurate and insightful information to counter common prejudices and misinformation. … Aimed at students as well as the general reader, this volume is recommended …a welcome entry point to understanding a vibrant ingredient of American life.


… covers 14 categories, including history, business, politics, religion, the military, science, various arts, and sports. … a valuable starting point for research on Latinos in the United States, who are united but diverse in multiple ways. … this wide-ranging, clearly written volume will help researchers understand the past, present, and potential future of Latinos in the United States.

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A celebration of people and pride!

Explore the achievements and contributions of Latinos in the United States with this illuminating history.

Whether calling themselves Latino, Latinx, Hispanic, Chicano, or something else, Latinos in the United States are a mix of people and multiple identities, each unique, varied, and accomplished. Beginning with the Spanish explorers in the sixteenth century, Latinos have been an important part of American society. They’ve fought the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and all wars in between and since, and in the last decade, their businesses have grown at twice the pace of the overall U.S. economy.

The most complete and affordable single-volume reference on Latino history available today, Latino Almanac: From Columbus to Corporate America honors the history and the impact of Latinos on the United States. This hefty tome is a fascinating mix of biographies, little-known or misunderstood historical facts, and enlightening essays on significant legislation, movements, current issues, and achievements across a variety of fields, including business, labor, politics, the military, music, sports, law, media, religion, art, literature, theater, film, science, technology, and medicine. A large collection of 650 biographies includes both celebrated and lesser-known Latino stars, such as

  • Dolores Fernández Huerta, labor leader
  • Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court justice
  • Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. poet laureate
  • Roberto C. Goizueta, businessperson, former CEO of Coca-Cola
  • Selena Gómez, actor, singer, producer
  • Rebecca Lobo, basketball player, sports analyst
  • Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. congressperson
  • Ellen Ochoa, astronaut, engineer
  • Anthony R. Jiménez, entrepreneur
  • María Hinojosa, journalist
  • Dennis Chávez, U.S. senator
  • Oscar Muñoz, businessperson, CEO United Airlines
  • Antonia Novello, surgeon general of the United States
  • Geraldo Miguel Rivera, journalist
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, playwright, actor, director
  • Alex Rodríguez, baseball player
  • Rodolfo Anaya, novelist
  • Desi Arnaz, television producer, actor, singer
  • Jessica Mendoza, sportscaster, softball player
  • Nydia Velásquez, U.S. congressperson
  • Edward James Olmos, actor
  • Marco Rubio, U.S. senator
  • Rita Moreno, actor, dancer
  • César Chávez, labor leader
  • Marcelo Claure, businessperson, former Sprint CEO
  • Ariel Dorfman, playwright, novelist
  • Miriam Colón, actress, theater owner, producer
  • Joaquín Castro, chair of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus
  • And many, many more!

    While Latinos are among both the original and newest immigrants, today the majority of U.S. Latinos were born here and most speak English—although most are bilingual to one degree or another. Their influence on the economy and culture continues to increase. Their impact on the United States has been wide-ranging. Salsa has even overtaken ketchup to become the most popular condiment in the United States! Devoted to illustrating the moving and often lost history of Latinos in America, Latino Almanacis a unique and valuable resource. Numerous photographs and illustrations, a helpful, bibliography, timeline, and an extensive index add to its usefulness. Commemorating and honoring Latino achievements, honors, and influence, this important book brings to light all there is to admire and discover about Latino Americans!

  • About Nicolás Kanellos, Ph.D.

    Nicolás Kanellos, Ph.D. Nicolás Kanellos is the Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies and director of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Heritage of the United States, the premier center for research on Latino documentary history in the United States. He is founding publisher of both the noted Hispanic literary journal The Americas Review and the nation’s oldest and most esteemed Hispanic publishing house, Arte Público Press. Dr. Kanellos has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including the Anderson Imbert Lifetime Achievement Award by the North American Academy of the Spanish Language. He has authored or contributed to numerous books on Hispanic history, culture, and literature, including Hispanic Literature of the United States: A Comprehensive Reference, the Hispanic-American Almanac, and the Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States. His books have won numerous awards, including the ALA’s Best Reference Work and selection by Choice to the top 50 outstanding academic books. He resides in Houston, Texas.

    Hometown: Houston, TX

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