celebrate hispanic heritage month with images from Latin American and Caribbean history

Hispanic and Latino Americans are the largest minority group in the United States, and have left an indelible mark on everything from literature and art to business and politics. These contributions to the culture and history of the United States are recognized and celebrated during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on September 15 (a date chosen because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries) and runs until October 15. 

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite you to peruse the James Nelson Goodsell Photo Collection. James Goodsell was the Latin American correspondent for international news organization The Christian Science Monitor for over two decades, and collected material from South America to the Caribbean and Central America. Images, video clips, and audio commentaries document the region's unique history and heritage. 

All images part of the James Goodsell Photo Collection, Special Collections & University Archives, Green Library, Florida International University. More information about the collection can be found at http://specialcollections.fiu.edu/collections/james-nelson-goodsell-photo-collection.

U.S. Rural Development Project, The Plant House, Nuevo Mundo, James Nelson Goodsell, The Christian Science Monitor, July 3, 1964  "United States Ambassador to Mexico Fulton Freeman (left) listens to a Mexican farmer as he playfully removes the sombrero of a young child.  Visits such as this are frequent for Mr. Freeman and members of the United States Embassy Staff in Mexico," James Nelson Goodsell, Latin America Correspondent, The Christian Science Monitor  "Mexican farmer talks with American official Jack Hood Vaughn (left) about his farm needs and problems."  James Nelson Goodsell, Latin America Correspondent, The Christian Science Monitor, September 30, 1965  

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