The Curious Case of Puerto Rico: Neither a U.S. State nor an Independent Country

| By Mark Mikula | As we pay tribute to the many Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation this Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s reflect on commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which has, throughout its history, held a unique position in its relationship to the United States. Puerto Rico was “discovered” in 1493 … Read more

Step Out of the Shadows this Hispanic Heritage Month

| By Tanisha Howard-Hall | Earlier this year, I was speaking with a friend about Hispanic Heritage Month and the great impacts that Latino/as have made on American history. I asked, in her option, what would she want to learn during Hispanic Heritage Month? Her response was the impact that Latino/as made in the U.S. … Read more

The Unexpected Roots of National Hispanic Heritage Month: Part One

Each year from September 15 to October 15, Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Begun in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, this celebration of the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans of Hispanic ancestry was expanded in 1988.

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