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  1. Introduction
  2. Hispanic Origin
  3. Mexican Americans
  4. Cubans
  5. Puerto Ricans
  6. Colombian
  7. "La Familia and religion"
  8. "Hispanico Ingresos"
  9. "Hispanico Sagazs"
  10. Moving forward
  11. Conclusion

The term ?Hispanic? appeared in the early 1970s and was created by the Federal Government of the United States. The creation of the term was ?an attempt to provide a common denominator to a large, but diverse, population with connection to the Spanish language or culture from a Spanish-speaking country.? (Clutter & Nieto, n.d.) The Hispanic population is one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States today, with a concentrated amount residing in California, Florida, New York, and Texas. Hispanics, also referred to as Latinos, are classified into five subgroups; Mexicans, Central and South Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and other Hispanics.

The term other Hispanics refers mixed ethnicities which includes, but is not limited to African-American and Hispanic, Caucasian and Hispanic, Asian and Hispanic, and Arab and Hispanic. Mexicans create a majority of the population ?of Hispanics in the United States, comprising about 63.3%, followed by Central and South American (14.4%), Puerto Rican (10.6%), Cuban (4.2%), and other Hispanics (7.4%).? (Clutter & Nieto, n.d.) How do these Hispanic subgroups differ and how are they similar?

[...] Retrieved September from Migration Information Source Web site: http://www.migrationinformation.org/usfocus/display.cfm?ID=208. Schaefer, Richard. (2006). Racial and Ethnic Groups, Tenth Edition. Hispanic Americans (pp. 234-255). Prentice Hall. [...]


[...] The traditional Hispanic mother is responsible for the children's upbringing and the home. However in times of economic change or illness, all family members will assume the positions needed to assure the family's wellbeing. In modern families, just like that of non-Hispanic families, the mother can be anything from a waitress to an executive director. Most Hispanic families practice Catholicism; however Protestant is not an unusual faith to practice within the Hispanic culture nor is the Pentecostal religion. ?Hispánico Ingresos? A major gap lies in between Hispanic and non-Hispanic individuals when it comes to household income size. [...]


[...] With the growing Hispanic population they have become a force. In some cases Hispanics are the needed swing vote; however Hispanics lean more towards Democratic Candidates due to their ideals on immigration, education, and welfare. Major cities including Miami and New York City has begun to use bilingual ballots, due to a Federal court law. This Federal law ?requires bilingual or even multilingual ballots in voting districts where at least 5 percent of the voting-age population or 10,000 of the population do not speak English.? (Schaefer, 2006) Moving Forward In the last 3 decades of time, the Hispanic population has come a long way. [...]

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