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Latino Americans

Foreigners in Their Own Land/Empire of Dreams (#101)

Survey the history and people from the first Spanish explorations in North America to the Mexican-American War. Then, discover how the American population was reshaped by Latino immigration from 1880 to the 1940s. [116 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This series tells 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. The series covers the 1500s to the present day.

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  • Empire of Dreams (#102)

    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. [56 minutes]

  • War and Peace (#103)

    Trace the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country. [116 minutes]

  • The New Latinos (#104)

    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. [56 minutes]

  • Pride and Prejudice/Peril and Promise (#105)

    Labor leaders organize farm workers in California and activists push for education opportunities. [76 minutes]

  • Peril and Promise (#106)

    The debate over undocumented immigrants and the Latino influence on sports and media are explored. [56 minutes]

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