In 1980 the US government began to systematically collect data on Hispanics. By 2005 the Lati population of the United States had become the nation's largest mirity and is projected to comprise about one-third of the total US population in 2050. Utilizing census data and other statistical source materials, this book examines the transformations in the demographic, social, and ecomic structures of Lati-Americans in the United States between 1980 and 2005. Unlike most other studies, this book presents data on transformations over time, rather than a static portrait of specific topics at particular moments. Lati-Americans are examined over this twenty-five year period in terms of their demographic structures, changing patterns of wealth and poverty, educational attainment, citizenship and voter participation, occupational structures, employment, and unemployment. The result is a detailed socioecomic portrait by region and over time that indicates the basic patterns that have lead to the formation of a complex national mirity group that has become central to US society.
Laird W. Bergad is Distinguished Professor of Latin American and Caribbean history in the Department of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College and the Ph.D. Program in History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was the founding director of Lehman College's interdisciplinary program in Latin American and Caribbean studies and Chair of the Department of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies, and he served on the executive committees of the CUNY/Cuba (and later Caribbean) Scholarly Exchange Program and the CUNY-University of Puerto Rico Exchange. Bergad is the founding and current director of the CUNY Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies at the Graduate Center. His previously published books include Coffee and the Growth of Agrarian Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Puerto Rico; Cuban Rural Society in the Nineteenth Century: The Social and Economic History of Monoculture in Matanzas; The Cuban Slave Market, 1790-1880 (co-author); The Demographic and Economic History of Slavery in Minas Gerais, Brazil, 1720-1888; and The Comparative Histories of Slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States. Herbert S. Klein is the author of some twenty books and 155 articles in several languages on Latin America and on comparative themes in social and economic history. Among these books are four comparative studies of slavery, the most recent of which are African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean (co-author), The Atlantic Slave Trade, and Slavery and the Economy of Sao Paulo, 1750-1850 (co-author). He has also published books on such diverse themes as The American Finances of the Spanish Empire, 1680-1809 and A Population History of the United States and is co-author of Brazil Since 1980 and Mexico Since 1980.