Latino Americans, Part 1

Latino Americans, Part 1

Tuesday, September 17, 8:00-10:00 p.m.

WGTE and PBS proudly present a landmark six-hour series, the first major television documentary series to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos.

Airing from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, September 17, 24 and October 1, "Latino Americans" focuses on the men and women 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.

The first hour, "Foreigners in Their Own Land," surveys 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.

At 9:00 p.m., “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.

Photo above: An actor portrays Juan Seguín, a political and military figure of the Texas Revolution and Republic of Texas. Shot on-location at Northrup Pipe Creek Ranch in Lakehills, Texas.

Top right: Narrator Benjamin Bratt.

Bottom right: Photo of a family of migrant workers during the Great Depression.