January 22, 2014
By Georgia Pabst
University of Notre Dame history professor Felipe Fernández-Armesto examines Hispanos in the U.S--past, present and future--in a new book "Our America", subtitlted "a Hispanic history of the United States. " (W. W. Norton & Company Inc. $27.95)
Starting with the explorers and conquistadores, he looks at the history of the U.S. from a Hispanic viewpoint.
It starts with the colonial era, explores the expansion into the West, and looks at the moden period when Hispanic populations spread to major cities from Chicago to Miami and Boston.
Born and educated in England, the author taught at the Univesity of London before going to Notre Dame. He explains that he uses the term "Hispanic" throughout most of the book because his own origins are in Spain and Brazil.
He describes the book as an "essay" rather than a comprehensive study, "with the aim of stimulating thought rather than accumulating knowledge."
Source: Journal Sentinel