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Hispanic Americans Hispanic Americans
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Sources: Sources: Marger 2009, pp. 28-38
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Who is Hispanic American? Who is Hispanic American? More than 41 million ~ almost 15% of the  total US population Constitute several distinct ethnic groups,  linked by a shared language and a  cultural heritage derived from the Spanish  colonialism Most sizable groups among them are  Mexican Americans (the largest), followed  by Puerto Ricans and Cubans  The rest are people from Central and  South America as well as a small group  whose origins are traced to Spain. 
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In-Between” Status of Hispanics In-Between” Status of Hispanics If a common theme runs through the  unique histories and experiences of  the several Hispanic groups in the US,  it is their immediate ethnic status  between Euro-American groups and  African Americans.
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Manner of Entry Manner of Entry Mexican Americans as conquered group  Last 100 years: as voluntary migrants  American Southwest   part of Mexico until its annexation  to the US in 1898 Puerto Ricans Became part of the US in 1898 as a result of the Spanish- American War  1917: inhabitants were given the status of American  citizenship SO they are not technically immigrants Cuban Americans Last 40 years: as voluntary immigrants Impelled by political rather than economic motives Portes (1969): Seldom has a foreign group come to the US  so well prepared educationally and occupationally and  seldom has this country received one so well.
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Racial Status Racial Status Mexican Americans Mexico is racially amalgamated dominated by mestizos  Ambiguous racial status  Most Mexican Americans    physically distinct enough to be  perceived by many Anglos in racial terms. Puerto Ricans More problematic A combination primarily of European and African but also some  Indian elements Puerto Ricans cover the entire color spectrum Mexico and Puerto Rico   racial distinctions as a  function of class and cultural differences  Cuban Americans Least racially heterogenous , most falling into the American  category of “white” (Diaz 1980) Cuban immigration has been racially selective.
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