National Hispanic Heritage Month: A Commemorative Observances Legal Research Guide
Since 1968, the U.S. has celebrated a yearly national observance of Hispanic heritage, now called National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). This guide provides the legislative history, proclamations, and laws related to this celebration.
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Note: This guide was originally published on the Law Library's Commemorative Observances page in 2008.
Created: August 9, 2020
Last Updated: September 13, 2021
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture and honors five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their independence in September.
The Law Library of Congress has prepared material with commentary and recommended resources for selected national observances and commemorative months. This guide provides a brief history of the laws and presidential proclamations which established National Hispanic Heritage Month.
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's legal opinions, writings, and confirmation documents. Justice Sotomayor is the first Hispanic American appointed to the United States Supreme Court and the Court's third female Justice.
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