Latino Americans is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.
Produced with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Latino Americans features interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of history. This landmark six-hour documentary premieres Fall 2013 on PBS. Episodes include “Strangers in Their Own Land” (covering the years 1565-1880), “Empire of Dreams” (1880-1942), “War and Peace” (1942-1954), “The New Latinos” (1946-1965), “Pride and Prejudice (1965-1980) and “Peril and Promise” (1980-2010). Tuesdays, September 17-October 1, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET