The Invention of Hispanics – Latino USA

Before 1970, the US Census Bureau classified Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants as whites. Each community of Latin American origin would go by their nationality and by the region where they lived in the United States. But all that changed in the seventies, as activists began lobbying the US Census Bureau to create a broad, national category that included all these communities. The result was the creation of the term “Hispanic”, first introduced in the US Census in 1970.


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One thought on “The Invention of Hispanics – Latino USA

  1. Rosaliene Bacchus May 27, 2015 / 12:04 am

    In my native land of Guyana, a British colony until independence on 26 May 1966, Portuguese indentured laborers were not considered “white” but were classified in the population census as “Portuguese.”


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