Monday, May 23, 2011
TIERRA y LIBERTAD: LAND, LIBERTY, AND LATINO HOUSING by Steven W. Bender (NYU Press 2010) is reviewed by Louis DeSipio (Departments of Political Science and Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine) in the Law & Politics Book Review. Here is the introduction:
"Using the collapse of the subprime mortgage industry as a point of departure, Steven Bender analyzes the troubled relationship between Latinos and landownership, particularly homeownership, in the United States. Latinos, like many other poor populations and populations new to homeownership, were more likely to receive subprime mortgages and to lose their homes to foreclosure in the years since the collapse of U.S. housing prices and the recession that followed. As Bender demonstrates, however, Latinos have long been subject to loss of their land and homes. Bender traces this history to the beginning of the large-scale Latino presence in the United States, the period just after the U.S.-Mexican War in the mid-19th Century and to ongoing state efforts to restrict Latino (and immigrant) housing opportunities such as restrictive covenants, zoning laws, and efforts to restrict rentals to unauthorized immigrants."