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To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, which is September 15 to October 15, we want to celebrate the stories, culture, and traditions of a group of people that have enriched and continue to enrich our country in so many ways. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic population in the U.S. was 56.6 million (as of July 1, 2015), 17.6 percent of the population as a whole. The bureau projects those numbers to grow – by 2060, the population is projected to grow to 119 million, 28.6 percent of the nation’s population. It is imperative that we take some time to appreciate and celebrate the diversity of this nation, especially of a people group that represents such a large portion of our country, because ignorance will only breed fear and hate.

Though it started as a week-long celebration in 1968, Congress extended it to a month-long celebration in 1989. There is so much we can learn from their history, culture and traditions – the National Park Service has great resources to explore such as essays on topics like Dolores Huerta, immigration, labor, and Latino/a gender and sexuality, as well as guides to various places and parks significant to Hispanic history. There are also numerous events put on by the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution and other sponsors of the National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Additionally, here at Humanities E-Book, we are invested in covering critical topics in related to Hispanic Studies in our collection. It is especially important to encourage scholarship in the humanities as it fosters more compassion, creativity and critical thinking in students and in our society at large. We have nearly 200 titles on Latin America alone – to download a list of these titles, click here. You can also browse through our collection on our website, or see specially curated boards on our Pinterest.

Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!