Did you know? Yesterday marked the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15-October 15. This holiday period was established in 1968 and recognizes the contributions and heritage of those U.S. citizens whose ancestry traces back to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
As explained on the official website, “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 September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.”
This year’s theme is “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit” and a wealth of related resources are available online: exhibitions and collections, images, and even audio and video clips.
Here at the Stone Center Library, we have numerous books on Latin American topics… check out a sampling below, and stay tuned for more highlights over the course of the month!
- Mulattas and mestizas : representing mixed identities in the Americas, 1850-2000; by Suzanne Bost, c2003.
- National rhythms, African roots: the deep history of Latin American popular dance; by John Charles Chasteen, c2004.
- The global coffee economy in Africa, Asia and Latin America, 1500-1989; edited by William Gervase Clarence-Smith, Steven Topik, 2003.
- Black writers and Latin America : cross-cultural affinities; by Richard L. Jackson, 1998.
- The African experience in Spanish America; by Leslie B. Rout, Jr.; with a new introduction and bibliographical update by Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores, c2003.
Happy reading! 🙂