Hispanic Heritage

Latinas in World War II: A Little-Recognized Group

In the 1930s during the Great Depression, Americans were looking for scapegoats, and in an effort to save jobs for “real Americans” they began rounding... continue »

Luisa Moreno, (1907-1992), Labor Organizer

Activist in the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement (which preceded Chicano activism) Organized first National Congress of Spanish-Speaking People (1938) Luisa Moreno was born in Guatemala... continue »

Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzáles (1928-2005): Poet and Activist

Professional Boxer Poet Leader in the movement for justice and equality for Mexican-Americans in the Southwest Rodolfo Gonzáles was born in Denver, Colorado, the youngest... continue »

Gus Arriola and The Comic Strip Character of Gordo

From 1941-1985, Gus Arriola (1917-2008) produced a comic strip a day (panels for daily and Sunday strips) about Gordo, a fellow who began his existence... continue »

First Hispanic Governor of California: Romualdo Pacheco, Jr.

Governor (Jose Antonio) Romualdo Pacheco, Jr. (1831-1899) American politician and diplomat Only Hispanic (thus far) to serve as Governor of California First Hispanic representative of... continue »

Dolores Huerta (1930- ), labor and civil rights activist, advocate for immigrants

Co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America “Democracy can only work if the people take power,” says Dolores Huerta, and she has dedicated her... continue »