This book examines Latino news making as part of a larger narrative - the cultural productions and conceptions of Latinos. The author traces historical and commercial contexts of Latino orientated news production, beginning with late 19th century and early 20th century US Spanish language newspapers, examines the production of contemporary Latino news, and postulates future developments in the field.

U.S. Spanish Language Newspapers: 1848–1970

U.S. Spanish Language Newspapers: 1848–1970

U.S. Spanish language newspapers: 1848–1970

As shown in Figure 2.1, about 150 years—roughly five generations—ago the southwestern United States was Mexico. From another point of view, about half of what was Mexico in 1848 is today the United States. Thus, in the context of the history of the U.S. “immigrant press,” early Latino media are somewhat anomalous. Unlike the dominant U.S. immigrant story of Western European migration to the United States, the Mexican American (like the African American) founding story is not one of optimistic passage, but of bloody conquest. With the end of the Mexican War and the signing of the Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo in 1848, the United States annexed half of Mexico, a territory that includes the states ...

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