Tune in to WTTW11 on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 10 am – 6 pm CST for a special marathon presentation of the landmark documentary series LATINO AMERICANS! LATINO AMERICANS is the first major television documentary to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become the country’s largest minority group. Covering the 1500s to the present day, this is the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch the series in its entirety, only on WTTW! For more information, please visit:www.schedule.wttw.com/series/20053/Latino-Americans/.
Series Executive Producers: Jeff Bieber and Dalton Delan (WETA), Sandie Viquez Pedlow (LPB), and Sally Jo Fifer (ITVS)
Series Producer: Adriana Bosch
6 episodes/60 minutes
Episode 1. “Foreigners in Their Own Land” explores the period from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and as the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848. Pictured at left, first photograph: An actor portrays Juan Seguín, a political and military figure of the Texas Revolution and Republic of Texas.
Episode 2. “Empire of Dreams” documents how the American population begins to be reshaped by the influx of people that began in 1880 and continues into the 1940s, as Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans begin arriving in the U.S. and start to build strong Latino-American communities in South Florida, Los Angeles and New York.
Episode 3. “War and Peace” moves into the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States.
Episode 4. “The New Latinos” highlights the swelling immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic that stretches from the post-World War II years into the early 1960s as the new arrivals seek economic opportunities.
Episode 5. “Prejudice and Pride” details the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity, as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies, and empowerment in the political process.
Episode 6. “Peril and Promise” takes viewers through the past 30 years, with a second wave of Cubans arriving in Miami during the Mariel exodus and with hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans fleeing civil wars, death squads and unrest to go north into a new land — transforming the United States along the way. The debate over undocumented immigrants flares up, with a backlash that eventually includes calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand undocumented immigrants as a drain on public resources. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment. The largest and youngest growing sector of the American population, Latino Americans will determine the success of the United States in the 21st century.
For more information on LATINO AMERICANS, please visit: www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/