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Hispanic-Latino/a/x Heritage Month (9/15-10/15)

" “Hispanic” is a term used by the U.S. State Department to describe any person of Latin American, Caribbean, and Spanish origin. The largest groups of Hispanic Americans are Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans. But the term also includes the descendants of Spaniards who first arrived on this continent in the seventeenth century, first-generation immigrants from El Salvador and native Peruvians. This broad category “Hispanic” encompasses many ethnic groups, including Native Americans, Arabians, and persons of a mixed heritage, each with a unique history and culture. Many Hispanics prefer the term Latino, short for latino americano (Latin American) to reflect the wide range of their diversity."

From Hispanic American Studies in World of Sociology

Latina Microsoft employee holding a tablet

From the @WOCInTech   collection via Nappy

Yougn Hispanic man wearing a striped hoodie and rainbow face paint beneath his eyes

Photo by Ronny Sison on Unsplash

Young Hispanic family - Mother, Father, and Child

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Smiling Hispanic woman at computer

From the @WOCInTech   collection via Nappy

Latina woman graduate holding a toddler child on her hip

Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

A young hispanic-american girl wearing a striped shirt and a red baseball cap.

Photo by jesse ramirez on Unsplash

MORE Background about the Hispanic/Latino-American Experience

From: Credo Reference (FSU community only)

YouTube Videos about Hispanic/Latino-Americans

Images of several Black Latinos, prepariong to talk about their experience.

Latinos Talk: Being Black and Latino (7 min.)

Black Latinos celebrate the magic of their identities.

Several Latino/a Comedians

15 Minutes of Comedians on Growing Up Latino and Latina (15 min.)

15 minutes of excerpts from Netflix comedy specials featuring Latino/a comedians. (Warning: Coarse Language)

A Latino American Man prepares to speak

A Conversation With Latinos on Race (7 min.)

In this short documentary, Latinos grapple with defining their ethnic and racial identities.

Several people participating in a Hispanic Heritage Month Famaily Day food demo

Latin American Traditional Food (7 min.)

Steve Velasquez and Ana P. Rodriguez discuss Latin American food traditions brought to the U.S. by immigrants. Pupusas and tamales are the featured dishes in cooking demonstrations.

Documentories about Hispanic-Latino Americans

From: Academic Video Online and Kanopy (FSU community only)


Check out some Minuteman Network Hispanic-American-themed resources!

  • A combination of E-Books & AudioBooks
  • Available to all All Minuteman Network Members (including FSU) - library card number required to access


Just a Few of the Many Titles Available....

Clap When You Land (E-Book)

"Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people...
"In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.
"Separated by distance—and Papi's secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered..."

Cemetery Boys (E-Book)

"When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death..."

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (E-Book)

"The García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow brutal dictator Rafael Trujillo is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960...For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. Here they tell their stories about being at home—and not at home—in America..."

Love Sugar Magic: a Dash of Trouble (E-Book)

"When her best friend, Caroline, has a problem that needs solving, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It's just one little spell, after all...what could possibly go wrong...?"

Shadowhouse Fall (E-Book)

"Sierra and Shadowhouse have been thrust into an ancient struggle with enemies old and new — a struggle they didn't want, but are determined to win. Revolution is brewing in the real world as well, as the shadowshapers lead the fight against systems that oppress their community. To protect her family and friends in every sphere, Sierra must take down the Hound and master the Deck of Worlds . . . or else she could lose all the things that matter most..."

American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood (E-Book)

"In her father's Peruvian family, Marie Arana was taught to be a proper lady, yet in her mother's American family she learned to shoot a gun, break a horse, and snap a chicken's neck for dinner. Arana shuttled easily between these deeply separate cultures for years. But only when she immigrated with her family to the United States did she come to understand that she was a hybrid American whose cultural identity was split in half..."

Pedro (E-Book)

"Pedro Martinez entered the big leagues a scrawny power pitcher with a lightning arm who they said wasn't "durable" enough, who they said was a punk. Yet Martinez willed himself to become one of the most intimidating pitchers to have ever played the game, an eight-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, World Series champion, and Hall of Famer..."

He Forgot to Say Goodbye (E-Book)

"Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother's shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers..."

Of Women and Salt (E-Book)

"In present-day Miami, Jeanette is battling addiction. Daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, she is determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother and makes the snap decision to take in the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE. Carmen, still wrestling with the trauma of displacement, must process her difficult relationship with her own mother while trying to raise a wayward Jeanette. ..."

More Books about Hispanic & Latino/a Americans

(FSU Community Only)

An African American and Latinx History of the United States

Challenges the notion of westward progress formerly exalted as “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy,” and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms US history into one of the working class organizing against imperialism.

Learning to Be Latino

A vivid picture of Latino student life at a liberal arts college, a research university, and a regional public university, showing how college campuses shape much more than students' academic and occupational trajectories; they mold students' ideas about inequality and opportunity in America, their identities, and even how they intend to practice politics...

The Hispanic Republican

An illuminating and thought-provoking history of the growth of Hispanic American Republican voters in the past half century and their surprising impact on US politics, updated with new material reflecting on the 2020 election.

Latin@s' Presence in the Food Industry

Brings together multidisciplinary criticism to explore the diverse, and not always readily apparent, ways that Latin@s relate to food and the food industry.

The Latino/a American Dream

Explores the attitudes, experiences, and expectations of Latinos in their quest for the American Dream.

My Time among the Whites

Essays on being an "accidental" American—an incisive look at the edges of identity for a woman of color in a society centered on whiteness.

The Taco Truck

New truths about foodways, community, and the unexpected places where ethnicity, class, and culture meet, showing how the arrival of taco trucks have challenged preconceived ideas of urban planning even as cities began to use them to reinvent whole neighborhoods.

Troubling Nationhood in U. S. Latina Literature

Examines the ways in which recent U.S. Latina literature challenges popular definitions of nationhood and national identity, imagining the U.S. as part of a broader' Americas.

¡Muy Pop! : Conversations on Latino Popular Culture

Making Hispanic popular culture visible to the first-time reader, ¡Muy Pop!sheds new light on the making and consuming of Hispanic pop culture for academics, specialists, and mainstream critics.

Latino Stats

Distills the profusion of data, identifying the most telling and engaging facts to assemble a portrait of contemporary Latino life with glimpses of the past and future.

The Latino Question

Offering a cutting-edge analysis of the transformative nature of Latino politics in the US, the authors emphasize the importance of political economy for understanding Latino politics, culture and social issues.

Latino Heartland

What is daily life like for Latinos who have been presented nationally as “terrorists, drug smugglers, alien gangs, and violent criminals”? An ethnography of the Latino and non-Latino residents of a small Indiana town, Latino Heartland shows how national debate pitted neighbor against neighbor—and the strategies some used to combat such animosity.

The Latino Generation

Presenting thirteen riveting oral histories of young, first-generation college students, Mario T. Garcia counters those long-held stereotypes about Latinos and expands our understanding of what he terms 'the Latino Generation.

Latinos, Inc

Scrutinizes the complex interests that are involved in the public representation of Latinos as a generic and culturally distinct people, questioning the homogeneity of the different Latino subnationalities that supposedly comprise the same people and group of consumers.

Latin Looks

A selection of the most analytically sophisticated writing on how Latinos have been portrayed in movies, television, and other U.S. media since the early years of the twentieth century and how images have changed over time in response to social and political change.

Latino/a Children's and Young Adult Writers on the Art of Storytelling

Children's and young adult literature has become an essential medium for identity formation in contemporary Latino/a culture in the United States. Conversations with more than thirty Latino/a authors revolve around the conveyance of young Latino/a experience, and what that means for the authors as they overcome societal obstacles and aesthetic complexity.