National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month is a national observance authorized by Public Law
100-402 which states:
The President is hereby authorized and requested to issue annually a
designating the 31-day period beginning September 15 and ending on October 15
as "National Hispanic Heritage Month" and calling upon the people of the United
States, especially the educational community, to observe such month with
appropriate ceremonies and activities.
The observation was initiated in 1968 as
Hispanic Heritage Week but was expanded in 1988 to include the entire
Gann, L. H. & Duignan, P. J. (1986). The Hispanics in the United States.
Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
- Gann and Duignan focus mainly on the history, politics, and culture of Hispanics in the
United States since the 18th century. They also examine issues such as immigration,
bilingual education, and affirmative action and concludes that "immigration is a
positive experience for both the newcomers and the local communities into which they
- The book is available at Watson Library on the Lawrence campus and can be requested
through Interlibrary Loan.
Galens, J. Sheets, A. J., & Young, R. V. (1995). Gale encyclopedia of
multicultural America. Detroit: Gale Research, Inc.
- This two volume set includes lengthy essays describing Hispanics of several national
origins, including Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The main focus of the essays is on the
"group's experience in the United States, specifically in the areas of acculturation
and assimilation, family and community dynamics, language, religion, employment and
economic traditions, politics and government, and significant contributions."
- The encyclopedia is available in the Reference section at Dykes Library.