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Latino Americans: The New Latinos (1946-1965)

Until World War II, Latino immigration to the United States was overwhelmingly Mexican-American. Now three new waves bring large-scale immigration from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. As the Puerto Rican government implements a historic overhaul over a million Puerto Ricans are encouraged to leave for the US mainland, to alleviate the economic pressure. A young Juanita Sanabria arrives in New York, works hard in the garment district, but encounters hostility and discrimination. Ethnic tensions explode in youth gang warfare depicted in films like West Side Story, etching the stereotype of the knife wielding Puerto Rican in the American consciousness.

Source: PBS

Episode Info


Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Tuesday September 24th, 2013
Special Airtime: 09:00 pm

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

Alternate Airdates:

UK (PBS AMERICA) Sep 25, 2014

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