Latino history is American history.
American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study is a publication of the National Park System Advisory Board (NPSAB) for the National Park Service (NPS).
En Español: Los Latinos-Estadounidenses y la Creación de los Estados Unidos: Un Estudio Temático
Who is this theme study for? It's for students and teachers, for researchers, for preservation professionals, for local, state and federal government officials, and for the general public. In other words, it's for you.
The theme study presents opportunities in communities nationwide
- the most recent scholarship in Latino history is now available to a broad public audience;
- historic preservationists in government agencies and the private sector now have a tool to help identify and evaluate Latino-related places for historical significance;
- more of these places are likely to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and for National Historic Landmark designation.
Historian Stephen Pitti's core essay sets the stage for the essays in the theme study. This overview of the Latino journey is personified in five historical figures: the Cuban priest Félix Varela, the Mexican American author María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, the Puerto Rican bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the Guatemalan civil rights organizer Luisa Moreno, and the Mexican American politician Edward Roybal.
NPS Advisory Board Letter (.pdf | 347kb)
American Latino Theme Study Acknowledgements (.pdf | 258kb)
American Latino Theme Study Introduction
American Latino Theme Core Essay
Further Readings / Bibliography (.pdf | 433kb)
Scholar Panel Biographies
American Latino Heritage NHL Registration Guidelines (Addendum – 2022)
Making a Nation, the first section, discusses US nation building - both physcially and intellectually - from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
- Empires, Wars, Revolutions by Ramón Gutiérrez,
- Immigration by David Gutiérrez,
- Intellectual Traditions by Nicolás Kanellos,
- Media by Felix Gutiérrez.
Making a Life looks at the ways Latinos have created their religious, artistic, recreational, and culinary lives in the United States.
- Religion and Spirituality by Timothy Matovina,
- Arts by Tomás Ybarra-Frausto,
- Sports byJosé Alamillo,
- Food by Jeffery M. Pilcher.
Making a Living highlights the role of Latinos in fostering and sustaining American economic life.
- Labor by Zaragosa Vargas,
- Business and Commerce by Geraldo Cadava,
- Science and Medicine by John Mckiernan-González,
- Military by Lorena Oropeza..
Making a Democracy discusses the stories and struggles for equality in all aspects of American society.
- Struggles for Inclusion by Louis DeSipio,
- Law by Margaret E. Montoya,
- Education by Victoria Maria MacDonald,
- New Latinos by Lillian Guerra.
Chapters from American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study
Last updated: June 20, 2023