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LATINO AMERICANS

Eliseo Medina (left), and Dolores Huerta at a march, Chicago, Illinois, 1971.
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Eliseo Medina (left), and Dolores Huerta at a march, Chicago, Illinois, 1971.

Stream now or tune in Thursdays, June 17 - July 22, 2021 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2

Actor Benjamin Bratt narrates this landmark six-hour series, the first major television documentary series 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.

View a timeline of important events in Latino American history beginning in 1565 up through 2013.

LATINO AMERICANS features interviews with an array of individuals, including entertainer Rita Moreno, the Puerto Rican star of "West Side Story" and a winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards; labor leader and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, who in the 1960s co-founded with César Chávez the National Farm Workers Association, which later became United Farm Workers of America; Mexican-American author and commentator Linda Chávez, who became the highest-ranking woman in the Reagan White House; and Cuban singer and entrepreneur Gloria Estefan, who has sold more than 100 million solo and Miami Sound Machine albums globally.

During PBS’ LATINO AMERICANS session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, Benjamin Bratt, Rita Moreno, Ray Suarez and executive producer Adriana Bosch examine the rich and varied history of Latinos in the United States.
Courtesy of Rahoul Ghose/PBS
During PBS’ LATINO AMERICANS session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, Benjamin Bratt, Rita Moreno, Ray Suarez and executive producer Adriana Bosch examine the rich and varied history of Latinos in the United States.

Interview subjects also include journalist María Elena Salinas, co-anchor of “Noticiero Univision,” the nightly newscast most watched by American Latinos; columnist Juan Gonzalez, author of "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America" and co-founder of the Young Lords Organization, a Puerto Rican nationalist movement; Rep. Charles Gonzalez, a retired Texas congressman who from 1999-2012 served in the House of Representatives for the district that his father, Henry B. Gonzalez, represented for nearly four decades; and Herman Badillo, the Bronx politician who, in 1970, became the first Puerto Rican elected to the House of Representatives and ran six times for Mayor of New York.

EPISODE GUIDE:

"Foreigners In Their Own Land" repeats Thursday, June 17 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 - Survey the history and people 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.

"Empire of Dreams" repeats Thursday, June 24 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 - See how the American population is reshaped by Latino immigration starting in 1880 and continuing into the 1940s: Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans begin arriving in the U.S. and start to build communities in South Florida, Los Angeles and New York.

"War And Peace" repeats Thursday, July 1 at 8 p.m. - Trace the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands — yet still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights in the United States.

"The New Latinos" repeats Thursday, July 8 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 - Review the decades after World War II through the early 1960s, as swelling numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities.

"Prejudice And Pride" repeats Thursday, July 15 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 - Witness 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.

"Peril And Promise" repeats Thursday, July 22 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 - Examine the past 30 years, as a second wave of Cubans and hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans flee to the U.S., creating a debate over undocumented immigrants that leads to calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand the undocumented as a drain on public resources. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment. Latino Americans become the largest and youngest growing sector of the American population.

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