Philadelphia was not just the center of the United States struggle for independence; it was also a center point for Latin American leaders looking for ideas in realizing their own sovereignty. If you wanted your freedom, Philadelphia was the place to be, and plenty of Latinos were there for the party.
Sure we all know there are lots of statues in Philadelphia commemorating Benjamin Franklin and the other Founding Fathers, but did you know there are also several statues of Latin American revolutionaries?
The book is a photo journal divided into four sections that provides an interesting timeline, it starts with the first Latinos arriving mainly from Cuba and Spain in the late 1700s, followed by family life pictures from 1940-1980, to current event photos from 1980-1990, and ends with pictures of the last twenty years.
It makes for a fun coffee table book to browse in your living room. You will see pictures ranging from Tito Puente
singing at the annual Hispanic Festival, to then First Lady, Hillary Clinton visiting classrooms, to heartthrob, Cristiano Ronaldo
trying to score a goal against the Philadelphia Union soccer team. More importantly you see a history of Philadelphian Latinos trabajando duro
, participating in their communities and making a name for themselves.
200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia (1812-2012) By, Vourvoulias, Sabrina & Hernan Guaracao, David Cruz, Staff of Al Dia New Media (EDT) ISBN 9780578106601 $39.95 Hardcover, 2012. 200 pages