"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. (Source: PBS)
The conclusion recalls the creation of the Chicano identity; the effort to organize California farm workers; the push for better education; and the entry of Latinos into the political process. Also: chronicling the past 30 years, including the 1980 Mariel exodus from Cuba; and the backlash against undocumented workers that led to tighter border restrictions.