Latinx Studies

Hispanic Heritage Month

"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.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."

Reading Lists for Hispanic Heritage Month

Explore recommended books by Latinx authors:

Streaming Video from Holman Library

Video still from "The New Latinos", Puerto Rican women in front of airplane

The New Latinos (1946-1965): The Latino Americans from Films on Demand

Video still from Foreigners in Their Own Land (1565-1880): The Latino Americans

Foreigners in Their Own Land (1565-1880): The Latino Americans from Films on Demand

You can also watch the entire series on the PBS website:

Databases for exploring Latinx History

Books at Holman Library

The Chicano Movement

Latinx Heritage Focus: The Chicano Movement

Citations for works and images on infographic:

Gómez-Quiñones, J., & Morris, I. V. (2005). Chicano Movement. In M. C. Horowitz (Ed.), New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (Vol. 1, pp. 305-309). Charles Scribner's Sons. 

Holman Library. (2022, September). Latinx heritage focus: The Chicano movement [Illustration]. Latinx Studies.

Kovalchek, F. (2021, August). Street art at Chicano Park, Barrio Logan, San Diego [Photograph]. Flickr.

Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project (n.d.). The creation of a community. El Centro de la Raza,1-2. docs/pdfs/elcentro.pdf

Telles, E. E. & Ortiz, V.. (2008). Generations of Exclusion : Mexican-Americans, Assimilation, and Race. Russell Sage Foundation.

The Return to Aztlán

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month…enjoy this striking, artful homage linking Mexican reformers back through history: