Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from mid-September through mid-October each year. The resources below provide an introduction to the culture and identity of the diverse population that is Hispanic. For information on the culture and customs of specific Latin American countries click here.

Chronicles the history of Hispanic Americans and how they are shaping politics and culture today in the United States.

Latinos in Michigan by David A Badillo
Detroit's Mexicantown by Maria Elena Rodriguez

From the moment Columbus gazed out from the Santa Maria's deck in 1492 at what he mistook for an island off Asia, the Caribbean has been subjected to fantasies projected from without by the West. It stood at the center of the transatlantic slave trade for more than 300 years. Its societies were shaped by mass migrations and forced labor from the 16th century onwards, imposed by European or American imperial masters. Scattered across a vast arc of islands, the more than 40,000,000 Caribbean people today are countering their imperial history by shaping cultural conversation the world over: through literature, music, art, and religion.

Finding your Hispanic roots by George R Ryskamp

The definitive book about the national identities, heroes, and dramatic stories from Latin American soccer throughout history-in time for the 2014 World Cup. "Golazo!" means "amazing goal!" And the word perfectly captures the unique, exuberant, all-encompassing, passionate role that soccer plays in Latin America.

One of the late Carlos Fuentes's final projects, this compendium of his criticism traces the evolution of the Latin American novel from the discovery of America to the present day. Combining historical perspective with personal and often opinionated interpretation, Fuentes gives us a tour from Machado de Assis to Borges and beyond.