There has been a marked growth of the Latino population in Appalachia over the last twenty years. The majority of the Latino immigrants are Mexican, but there are also notable numbers of Central and South Americans. Many of the Latinos are migrants who continue to be involved in agricultural migrant labor streams. However, many Latinos have settled, especially in North Carolina and Georgia. The resettled Latinos continue to be involved with agriculture, but many have also found jobs in construction and factory work. The majority of the published work regarding Latinos in Appalachia is related to health issues, education, housing, and settlement status. It should be noted that much of the published work has appeared over the last five years and there certainly will be more in the near future. There is a much broader body of published work related to Latinos in California, Texas, and Florida which could be used for purposes of comparison.
Perhaps the best introduction, although it is certainly basic, is in John Alexander Williams’ Appalachia: A History. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. 2002. pp. 392-394.
Murphy, Arthur D., Colleen Blanchard, and Jennifer A. Hill. Latino Workers in the Contemporary South. Athens: The University of Georgia Press. 2001. ASU GN2.S9243 no. 34
Wortham, Stanton, Enrique G. Murillo, Jr., and Edmund T. Hamann, eds. Education in the New Latino Diaspora: Policy and the Politics of Identity. Westport, Connecticut: Ablex Publishing. 2002. ASU Main Stacks: LC 2669. E39 2002
North Carolina Minority Health Facts: Hispanics/Latinos. Raleigh, NC: Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, State Center for Health and Environmental Studies. 1993. ASU Microform NC C96.72:M66h
North Carolina Minority Health Facts: Hispanics/Latinos. Raleigh, NC: Office of Minority Health and State Center for Health Statistics. 2006. UNCA NC DOC, CALL#:J3 402:M66h 2006, WCU.
Oboler, Suzanne, ed. The Oxford Encylopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. ASU Reference E184.S75 O97 2005
These three bibliographies are a bit dated and contain few citations of materials related to Latinos in Appalachia. However, they should be helpful for comparative purposes.
Emerson, Richard D. U.S. Agriculture and Foreign Workers: An Annotated Bibliography. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. 1988. ASU Govt US A 1.60/3:73.
Woods, Richard D. Reference Materials on Mexican Americans: An Annotated Bibliography. Metuchen, New Jersey, The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1976. ASU 184.M5W66
Cordasco, Francesco. The New American Immigration: Evolving Patterns of Legal and Illegal Emigration, a Bibliography of Selected References. New York: Garland Publishing. 1987 ASU Z7164.I3C58 1987
NC Periodicals Index
Rural Migration News. Davis, California: University of California, Davis. Volumes 1-8, 1995-present are available online at: migration.ucdavis.edu/rmn/index.html.
Mother Jones. San Francisco, California: Foundation for National Progress. vols. 1-27 bound, 1976-2002. Vols. 17-27 on microfiche. ASU periodicals. Online archive at www.motherjones.com/magazine/mag_archive.html/
Human Organization. Washington, DC: The Society for Applied Anthropology. ASU periodicals: vols. 8-61, 1949-present. Table of contents and abstracts available online at http://www.sfaa.net/ho/. (Note: Recently this journal has included a few articles on Latinos in Appalachia. However, previously there were no articles published on this topic.)
www.elpueblo.org. Raleigh-based statewide advocacy and policy organization dedicated to strengthening the Latino community.
www.ayudate.org. Partnership of NC Governor’s office for Latino/Hispanic Affairs, NC Cooperative Extension Service and El Pueblo, Inc.
www.censusscope.org. Easy-to-use tool for investigating US demographic trends. Maintained by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan.
www.nclatino.com. Resource for North Carolina’s Hispanic business community.
Nuestra Comunidad: Latinos in North Carolina. Produced and directed by Joanne Hershfield and Penny Simpson. North Carolina: New South Productions. 2001. ASU Video 11625.
Compiler: Randal Pfleger, 10 December 2002
Updated: Randall C. Fish