Module 6. Our Story: Latinx Americans


Beginning in the early 16th century, Spanish speakers have inhabited North America; they created settlements and cultivated the land. Because of the complex history of colonization and intermarriage, Latinx Americans are difficult to define in racial and ethnic categories. After American efforts of westward expansion, many Latinx Americans found themselves citizens of the United States. Latinx communities continued to thrive in America throughout the 20th century, some settling permanently, others migrant workers. By the 1960s, many Latinx Americans joined civil rights movements, most of them concerned with labor reforms. Regardless of obstacles and discrimination, Latinx American communities continue to strive forward, determined to be recognized for their contributions to U.S. history. Like all other racial and ethnic minorities, their labor helped build this country and continues to demand progress and equity even today.


  1. What factors motivated Iberians to explore and colonize the Americas in the 16th century?
  2. How did westward expansion impact Spain and Mexico?
  3. Define U.S. foreign policies during the 19th century regarding Latin America. How did these policies impact Latin America?
  4. What issues drove the Latinx American civil rights movement of the 1960s?


From the module, what information and new knowledge did I find interesting or useful? How do I plan to use this information and new knowledge in my personal and professional development and improvement?


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