Latino Americans: 500 Years of History 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.
Our first screening of "Episode IV: The New Latinos (1946-1965)" was facilitated by professors Juan Armando Rojas and Jennifer Rathbun and brought about some great discussion. Many commented on their interest in the personal testimony from the immigrants and their struggle to thrive in a new land against harsh prejudices. Additionally, viewers mentioned their respect for the incredible risk that the Cuban and Dominican immigrants took by fleeing to the United States.
The next screening takes place Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. It is free and will be hosted by the Strand Theatre in historic downtown Delaware. We will view "Episode VI. Peril and Promise (1980-2000)," which discusses the second wave of Cuban refugees to the United States, the 1990s political debate over illegal immigration, and the emergence of a Latino American culture with individuals like Gloria Estefan and Oscar de lay Hoya leading the movement. We hope to see you there!