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Web sites

American Assimilation from Mexican-American Perspective
A walk-through activity by Jacalyn Lopez García.

Borders and Identity
Lesson Plans and Class Projects from Center for Folklife Programs & Cultural Studies,
Smithsonian Institution.

Hispanic Heritage
For teachers, complete with online activities, research materials and lesson plans from Scholastic.

La Ciudad
About the film, teacher resources and lessons.

Latin America Database
For teachers. Lesson plans, resource material and links to other sites.

Latin Bay Area
News, music, career, politics and more.

Latino Artists and Their Work

San Antonio Public Library Hispanic Heritage
Includes extensive list of links providing useful information of Latino population of the United States.

El Teatro Campesino’s Web Site

United Farm Workers

Local Resources

César E. Chávez Branch Library
The César E. Chávez Branch Library was the first public library to offer services and materials in Spanish. It is fully bilingual offering information services and collections in Spanish and English.
1900 Fruitvale Ave. Suite 1A; Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 535-5620

Gallería de la Raza
30 years of service to the Chicano/Latino community including exhibitions of local Latino/a artists and an art store located in San Francisco's Mission District.
2857 24th St.; San Francisco, CA 94110

La Peña Cultural Center
La Peña (gathering place) is a multicultural performing arts center and restaurant in Berkeley that presents local, national and international music, theater, dance, film and visual artists whose works examine contemporary social issues and are reflective of a wide variety of cultural traditions.
3105 Shattuck Ave.; Berkeley CA 94705

MetroActive Arts Center for Latino Arts (MACLA)
The center's mission is to promote, preserve and enhance the Latino multidisciplinary arts. It showcases regional, national, and international artists.
510 S. First St.; San Jose, CA 95113

The Mexican Museum
The museum's permanent collection holds more than 9,000 objects in the following five areas: Pre-Hispanic Art, Colonial Art, Folk Art, Mexican Fine Art, and Mexican American/Chicano Fine Art.
Fort Mason Center, Building D; San Francisco, CA 94123

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA)
The Center was established in 1977 by artists and community activists with a shared vision to promote, preserve and develop the Latino cultural arts that reflect the living tradition and experiences of Chicano, Central, and South America, and Caribbean people.
2868 Mission Street; San Francisco, CA 94110

Suggested Reading

500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures Editor, Elizabeth Martínez

Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. Author Luis Rodriguez, A former L.A. gang member, describes his experiences in that world, recounting the sense of security and power found in a gang and the grim reality of violence and poverty.

Bless Me, Ultima Author Rudolfo Anaya relates the story of Antonio Márez coming to age in the town of Las Pasturas, New Mexico, in a traditional Mexican American family.

Borderlands/La Frontera Author Gloria Anzaldua examines the condition of women in Hispanic culture, Chicanos in white American society, and lesbians in the straight world.

Chicanismo: The Forging of a Militant Ethos among Mexican Americans Author Ignacio M. García traces the development of the philosophical strains that guided the Chicano Movement.

Down These Mean Streets Author Piri Thomas records the sometimes poetic, sometimes brutal story of his life growing up in Spanish Harlem in the 1960s.

Everything You Need to Know about Latino History Author Himilce Novas provides a comprehensive resource about the lives of Latinos around the world.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Author Julia Alvarez tells the story of four sisters who must adjust to life in America after having to flee from the Dominican Republic.

In the Time of the Butterflies Author Julia Alvarez based this novel on a true story drawn from the history of her native Dominican Republic.

Latino USA: A Cartoon History Author Ilan Stavans, and cartoonist Lalo Lopez Alcaraz, combine to produce an amusing comic book that outlines the salient features of U.S. Latino history.

The Latino Reader: 1542 to the Present Authors Augenbraum, Harold and Olmos, Margarite Fernández compile an important anthology of Latino writings spanning five centuries, this collection includes works of history, memoirs, letters, essays, fiction, poetry and drama.

Latinos: A Biography of the People Author Earl Shorris illuminates every aspect of the Latino experience, from language to education, to social and political organization.

Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma Author Ana Castillo reflects on the need for Xicanisma, a politically active and socially committed Chicana feminism.

So Far From God Author Ana Castillo brings a feminist consciousness to the wondrous, tragic, and engaging lives of a New Mexico mother and her four fated daughters.

When I was Puerto Rican Author Esmeralda Santiago's memoir narrates a young girl's coming-of-age in 1950s Puerto Rico and of her subsequent move to the very different world of New York City.

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories Author Sandra Cisneros gives voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border.

Suggested Films

El Norte (The North) (1984) Director Gregory Nava Not available for purchase until 2002. Please check your library.

Fight in the Fields: César Chávez and the Farmworkers Struggles (1996)
Documentary - Directors Ray Telles & Rick Tejada-Flores
Schools, libraries, and community organizations can purchase the film, book, study guide, and poster. To order call (800) 903-7804, or write: The Fight in the Fields, Department A, Box 3250, Sparks, NV 89432-3250. Materials also available by e-mail

La Ciudad (1992) Fiction - Director David Riker
To order call Zeigeist Films 212-274-1989, e-mail

The Mission KQED Neighborhood Series (1994)
To order copies (in English or Spanish) email: with "Neighborhoods videos" as the subject. Since videos are not available at the moment we will let you know when they become available again. ($19.95 each).
Visit for teacher resources and lesson plans.

New World Border (2001) Documentary - By Jose Palafox and Casey Peek
To order contact

Reading Rainbow #1007: Borrequita and the Coyote Author Verna Aardema
To order go to or contact the Reading Rainbow Store at 1-800-228-4630.

Salt of the Earth (1953) Director Herbert J. Bieberman
Blacklisted during the McCarthy Era, this docudrama portrays Mexican and Mexican American zinc workers on strike in New Mexico in the 1950s. Please check your library.

Zoot Suit (1981) Director Luis Valdez
Based on the play by Luis Valdez of the same name. Purchase copy at or

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