Lim�n, Jos� E.; Mintzer, Richard
February 2005
Trailblazers: Latino Americans in Sports, Film, Music & Governme;2005, p95
This article focuses on the Hispanic Americans who entered the U.S. political scene. While the number of Latinos living in the U.S. is increasing at a rapid pace, the number of Latinos in politics is still growing slowly. For many years, discrimination and prejudice kept many Latino voters away from the polls. Certain states even passed what were called poll taxes, meaning that to vote, a person had to pay a tax. This was intended to keep the poorer voters, which included many Latinos, from voting. During the 1960s, Senator Joseph Montoya of New Mexico along with several other Mexican Americans, were elected to Congress. They worked hard to make changes for Latinos and outlawed the poll tax. This opened the door not only to more Latino voters but for more Latino-elected officials.


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