by Ed Morales

Scholar and author Ed Morales, author of the 2018 book, “Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture” (Photo: Lidia Hernández)

First published in “The Hispanic Legacy in American History” (Winter 2019), the fifty-third issue of History Now, the online journal of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

When I first saw the word Latinx — best described as a gender-neutral term to designate US residents of Latin American descent — in print it seemed awkward and hard to pronounce. But rather…