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Major Problems in Latina/o History 1st Edition

Omar S. Valerio-Jiménez, Carmen Teresa Whalen

  • Published
  • 560 Pages


Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the Major Problems in American History series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in US history. This collection is designed for courses on Latina/o history.

Omar S. Valerio-Jiménez, University of Iowa

Omar Valerio-Jiménez is Associate Professor of History at the University of Iowa, where he teaches courses on Latinas/os, immigration, borderlands, and the American West. He received his S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. His first book, River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands (Duke University Press, 2013), explores state formation and cultural change along the Mexico-United States border during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has won fellowships from the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, the Western History Association, and the Newberry Library. His next project is a transnational study of the U.S.-Mexican War that examines memory, identity, and civil rights.

Carmen Teresa Whalen, Williams College

Carmen Teresa Whalen is Professor of History and Latina/o Studies at Williams College, where she has also served as the Chair of the Latina/o Studies program and as the Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity. She teaches courses on comparative Latina/o history, im/migration, and Latinas in the global economy. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia: Puerto Rican Workers and Postwar Economies (Temple University Press, 2001), as well as a photographic history, El Viaje: Puerto Ricans of Philadelphia (Arcadia Publishers, 2006). She is co-editor of The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives(Temple University Press, 2005), and has also published articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on Puerto Rican women, New York City’s garment industry, and garment workers’ unions in the post-World War II era.
  • The volume combines primary sources, analytical essays, chapter introductions, and headnotes to encourage students to think critically about Latina/o History.