Book Description: Results from the 2000 U.S. Census indicate that the Hispanic-American population is among the fastest growing in the United States. With that growth has come a significant increase in the amount of influence Hispanic Americans wield in American life.An updated bibliography, expanded lists for further reading, and three new subject indexes-organized by year of birth, country of heritage/ethnic group, and profession-greatly enhance this detailed portrait of over 500 years of achievement. This extensive biographical dictionary includes more than 250 entries profiling Hispanic men and women whose achievements have made a lasting impact on American society. Arranged in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format, the volume discusses each individual's background and the highlights of his or her career from a wide spectrum of human endeavor, including business, literature, politics, science, health and medicine, arts and entertainment, and religion. New profiles include Lourdes G. Baird, judge; Ramón Cortines, educator; Francisco Dallmeier, scientist; Jennifer López, actress and singer; Jorge Mas Canosa, activist; Cherríe Moraga, writer; Sammy Sosa, baseball player; and Gary Soto, writer.