September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. It is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico also declared its independence on September 16 and Chile declared its independence on September 18.
According to the 2010 Census Questionnaire Reference Book, people of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin are those who trace their origin or descent to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spanish-speaking countries of Central or South America, and other Spanish cultures. Origin can be considered as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person's parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States.
Check out some famous firsts by Hispanic Americans, including those in government, military, science and more!
Try out the Infoplease interactive crossword puzzle where this week’s theme is Hispanic Heritage Month!
And for more fun, test your knowledge on Hispanic Americans by taking the Infoplease quiz!
Stop by the Law Library and check out this month’s Hispanic Heritage Display created by Tim Saffles, Faculty & Interlibrary Loan Services Coordinator! The display highlights some books and videos that the library owns, including A Class Apart, a DVD donated to the Law Library by Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association. The DVD is about a small-town Texas murder from which emerged a landmark civil rights case, the little-known story of the Mexican American lawyers who took Hernandez v. Texas (347 U.S. 475 (1954)), to the Supreme Court, challenging Jim Crow-style discrimination.