This first documentary episode is AMAZING. It intersects interviews of real people with their family stories and the history behind Latino Americans' start in the U.S. This has 45 questions with the answers. It is an incredibly detailed video guide.
*Can also be used as a take home video guide handout.
California Spanish Missionary Settlements
The Gold Rush
Native American's Treatment
Latinos in Court
The Mexican-American War
Annexation of New Mexico and Texas
and much more!
"LATINO AMERICANS is a landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series....It is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S." - PBS
From PBS' Latino Americans site:
I. Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880)
One hundred years after Columbus' arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish Conquistadors and Priests, push into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism. With the arrival of the British in North America, the two colonial systems produce contrasting societies that come in conflict as Manifest Destiny pushes the U.S into the Mexican territories of the South West.
Apolinaria Lorenzana provides a window to the Spanish Mission System while Mariano Vallejo personifies the era of the Californio rancheros an elite class who thrive after Mexico gains its independence from Spain. Juan Seguín, a third generation Tejano or Texan, is caught between two worlds; his commitment to an Independent Texas and his identity as a Mexican. Through the Mexican American War, the U.S. takes a full half of Mexico's territory by 1848. Over seventy thousand Mexicans are caught in a strange land and many become American citizens.
As the Gold Rush floods California with settlers, complex and vital communities are overwhelmed. The elites, including Mariano Vallejo and Apolinaria Lorenzana lose their land. Mexicans and Mexican Americans are treated as second-class citizens, facing discrimination and racial violence. Resistance to this injustice appears in New Mexico as Las Gorras Blancas (The White Caps), burn Anglo ranches and cut through barbed wire to prevent Anglo encroachment. At the same time, New Mexicans manage to transform themselves through education, managing to preserve Hispano culture in New Mexico and their standing in the midst of an era of conquest and dispossession.
View Below for Video Guides to Other Episodes in Series!
Episode One: Foreigners in Their Own Land
Episode Two: Empire of Dreams
Episode Three: War and Peace
Episode Four: New Latinos
Episode Five: Prejudice and Pride:
Episode 6: Pride and Peril: