Within the next decade, Hispanics will become the largest minority group in the United States. The new immigrants have ignited a vibrant "Latin explosion" in American popular culture. But the Latino influence reaches far beyond music, sports, cuisine, or the latest magazine cover.
Spanning five hundred years -- from the first New World colonies to our nation's nineteenth-century westward expansion, from the days of gunboat diplomacy to the turn of the millennium -- Harvest of Empire features family portraits of real-life immigrant Latino pioneers, as well as sketches of the political events and social conditions that compelled them to leave their homeland, and how they have transformed the nation's cultural landscape.
Methodical, convincing and written in a style that makes its fact-filled chapters flow with ease... a fresh perspective on the long history of Latinos in the United States... offers an insider's view of the rich and varied fabric of the people soon to be the largest minority in the United States.