The American Mosaic: The Latino American Experience

From ABC-CLIO, The American Mosaic: The Latino American Experience is the first-ever online resource dedicated to the history and culture of Latinos — the largest minority group in the United States.

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At a Glance

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Subject Area: Arts & Culture
Ideal For: Public LibrariesHigh SchoolsSchools

Key Content and Features

  • Primary sources and rich contextual reference entries on visual art, literature, music, and individuals of the Chicano Movement
  • Nearly 5,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, biographies, bracero oral histories, speeches, songs, interviews, court cases and more
  • More than 700 biographies of famous political and social figures such as Simón Bolívar, David Farragut, Rita Hayworth, Sonia Sotomayor and many more
  • Basic and advanced search options to return the most relevant results
  • Standards-based curriculum updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material
  • Commentaries from noted scholars that reflect multiple points of view and stimulate critical thinking
  • Academic Success Corner with resources to help students develop reading, writing and research skills
  • Educator Support Site containing valuable professional development tools, curriculum guides, lesson plans and more

An Indispensable Research and Discussion Tool

Available in both academic and school versions, this resource provides learners with far more than history lessons with facts and figures. It tells of the Latino experience first-hand, through the voices of Latino authors and contributors.

Featuring more than 200 volumes of unique content, the database includes hundreds of primary source documents like maps, images, audio clips, interviews, music files, speeches, documents, links to relevant websites and other material. A collection of primary sources on the Chicano Movement feature vibrant art work in such media forms as murals, poster art, and silk screens; landmark documents capturing key moments in Chicano history; and a compelling body of Teatro Campesino play scripts, including the award-winning production, Zoot Suit.

Users can customize their searches by events, ideas and movements, places and individuals. They can also search by era or browse "The Idea Exchange." With content in English and Spanish, this premier online resource is truly a virtual library on Latino culture.