Hidden in Plain Sight

Latino Catholicism
Transformation in America’s Largest Church
Timothy Matovina
Princeton University Press, $29.95, 328 pp.

We didn’t cross the border; the border crossed us!” This wry Mexican-American refrain serves as a reminder that the Hispanic presence in what is now the United States goes back a very long way. After all, the entire Southwest belonged to Mexico until 1848. And of course, the Spanish were the first Europeans to settle North America, establishing settlements—and Catholic missions—in locations as widespread as St. Augustine, Florida (1565); San Antonio, Texas (1718); and...

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About the Author

Julia G. Young is a historian of Mexico and Latin America at the Catholic University of America.