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Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation

DVD,
Streaming Video

6 hours
Source: PBS Video

This documentary provides a close look at the history, culture, and life of America’s largest minority group today: Latino Americans. Starting in the 1500s, Latino Americans traveled through hundreds of years of events and experiences that have changed history. The film includes interviews with over one hundred Latinos sharing their personal stories, making this project a unique overview of a large and diverse American cultural group.

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Foreigners in the Their Own Land (1565-1880)

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Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)

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War and Peace (1942-1954)

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The New Latinos

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Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)

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Peril and Promise (1980-2000)

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Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)

Part two of Latino Americans documents how the American population begins to be reshaped by the influx of Cubans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans from 1880 into the 1940s.

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Foreigners in the Their Own Land (1565-1880)

Part one of Latino Americans, this film shows how conquest, shifting borders and dispossession shaped Hispano culture and identity in former Mexican territories of the Southwestern United States.

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War and Peace (1942-1954)

Part three of Latino Americans, this episode covers World War II and the following years, 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.

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The New Latinos

Part four of Latino Americans, this video highlights the swelling immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic that stretched from the post-World War II years into the early 1960s as the new arrivals sought economic opportunities.

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