Within the next decade, Hispanics will become the largest minority group in
the United States. The new immigrants have ignited a vibrant Latin explosion in
popular culture and deeply affected American society.
Spanning 500 years-from the first New World colonies to our nation's
nineteenth-century westward expansion, from the days of gunboat diplomacy to the
turn of the millennium-Harvest of Empire features family portraits of real-life
immigrants along with sketches of the political events and social conditions
that compelled them to leave their homeland. In addition, it gives a fascinating
look at how these Latino pioneers have transformed the cultural landscape of the
About the Author
Juan Gonzalez, a columnist with New York's Daily News, is a winner of the George
Polk journalism award and has received a lifetime achievement award from the
Hispanic Academy of Media Arts and Sciences. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he grew
up in a New York City housing project, graduated from Columbia, and was a
cofounder of the Young Lords.