This sourcebook of 576 pages is edited by Claudio Iván Remeseira with forword by Andrew Delbanco. It is now available for $71.60 at Columbia University Press.

“This fine sourcebook takes us on a lively, thoughtful tour of a city that many writers, artists, and cultural historians have long known but have found hard to define. With a breadth of vision that reminds us America is two continents, Remeseira has gathered a prime selection of writers and thinkers to present a kaleidoscopic, complex whole. Hispanic New York emerges as a hybrid space, a juncture where Hispanics, Latinos, Latin Americans, or any other nation-specificname they choose to call themselves may understand their past and transform it into new cultural forms—SUSANA TORRUELA LEVAL, Director Emerita, El Museo del Barrio
“In these times in which some sectors of the country choose to forget the contributions we Latinos make to this country that has taken us in and to the world, a new book does its part in helping us all remember…An amusing literary and cultural tour of this city that has, for such a long time now, defined the immagrant spirit of the United States, and without forgetting that America refers to two continents and not just to a single country…A book to be shared, to be kept and to build awareness.” ANJANETTE DELGADO, Emmy-Award Winner, author of The Heartbreak Pill

“Sometimes a new anthology can be more than a convenient assemblage of previously scattered documents. I think of The Puritans (1938), edited by Perry Miller and Thomas H. Johnson, which permanently changed the way we understand the legacy of early New England to American culture; or Understanding Poetry (published in the same year), edited by Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren, which influenced—even controlled—how poetry was read and taught for decades. Claudio Iván Remeseira’s Hispanic New York is such a book.” ANDREW DELBANCO, author of The Real American Dream

Over the past few decades, a huge wave of immigration turned New York into a microcosm of the Americas and enhanced its role as the crossroads of the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds. Yet far from being an alien group within a “mainstream” and supposedly pure “Anglo” America, people referred to as Hispanics or Latinos have been part and parcel of New York since the beginning of the city’s history. Along with Hispanics in the rest of the country, they represent what the quintessential American (and New Yorker) poet Walt Whitman once celebrated as “the Spanish element of our nationality…”

Hispanic New York (Columbia University Press, 2010) is the first anthology to offer a sweeping account of that multifaceted heritage. By offering a collection of texts that are required reading for any informed conversation on some of the most pressing social and political debates of our time, this unique volume speaks to the New York and the American experience, as reflected and transformed by its Latino components.

Combining primary sources with scholarly and journalistic essays on demography, race, ethnicity, art history, literature, music, linguistics, and religion, by authors ranging from historical figures such as Jose Martí, Bernardo Vega, and Walt Whitman, to contemporary writers such as Jack Agüeros, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, and Ed Morales, among others, the book -edited by Claudio Iván Remeseira–highlights the main contributions made by people of Hispanic descent to New York’ multicultural heritage.

Claudio Iván Remeseira is an award-winning journalist, writer, and cultural critic. Founder and director of The Hispanic New York Project at Columbia University’s American Studies Program.



  • A 576-page volume containing classic selections from José Martí, Bernardo Vega, and Walt Whitman, to essays by contemporary authors such as Jack Agüeros, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Ed Morales, Milagros Ricourt, Frank M. Figueroa, Clara E. Rodríguez, and Ana Celia Zentella, among others.
  • A collection of authoritative texts cutting across Latino/a, Latin American, and American Studies; English, Spanish and comparative literature; U.S., Latin American and Caribbean history; studies on race and ethnicity; and an array of disciplines spanning the humanities and social sciences, from anthropology, urban studies and political science to socio-linguistics, ethnomusicology and art history
  • An updated bibliography of primary and secondary sources, from  the history of the different Latino communities, to the vast English and Spanish-language literature by people of Hispanic descent who      wrote in or about New York
  • The ultimate reference book for college and high school students, teachers, scholars, librarians, journalists, and the general public
  • HISPANIC NEW YORK is a must-read for anyone interested the contributions made to Latinas and Latinos to U.S. national identity  and to the interconnections between the English- and Spanish- speaking worlds.

HISPANIC NEW YORK edited by Claudio Iván Remeseira (576 pages) paper copies ISBN 978-0-231-14819-1 regular price $29.95 ***Order it Now at Columbia University Press and enter code HIS 20 for 20 % of discount***. Cloth copies ISBN 978-0-231-14818-4 regular price $89.50, now $71.60. Regular shipping and handling costs apply.

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Cover of the book Hiscpanic NEW YORK