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Library Resources: Cultural Awareness: Hispanic Heritage

Introduction

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Hispanic American Heritage month is celebrated September 15-October 15, as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate independence on September 15. In addition, Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. Dia de la Raza, October 12, is also in this month. These resources celebrate the Latino community's contributions to American society and culture.

Research Databases

Books

Below are some books on Hispanic Americans. Use the following search terms to find more resources

Mexican Americans

Cuban Americans

Hispanic Americans

 

Websites

A note about terminology

Resources on this page may use the following terms. Here's what they mean. 

Latinx: Refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America.

Chicanx: Refers to someone who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, Mexico and who lives in the United States.

Hispanic: Refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country.

In 2017, NPR wrote an article discussing the terms and how the communities refer to themselves. Remezcla, a digital publisher and influential media brand for Latinos continues the discussion around Latinx, Latine, and terminology.