Ch.5.1 – Tuesdays – September 17, 24 & October 1 at 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Repeats: Sundays – September 22, 29 & October 6 at 8:00 – 10:00 pm

"The Lesser Blessed" Portraits - 2012 Toronto International Film FestivalActor Benjamin Bratt narrates this landmark 6-hour series, airing over 3 nights. It is the first major television documentary series to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos, 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.


Foreigners in Their Own Land
Tuesday, 9/17 at 7:00 pm
Survey 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.


Empire of Dreams
Tuesday, 9/17 at 8:00 pm
See how the American population is reshaped by Latino immigration starting in 1880 and continuing into the 1940s: Cubans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans begin arriving in the U.S. and start to build communities in South Florida, Los Angeles and New York.


War and Peace
Tuesday, 9/24 at 7:00 pm
Trace the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands — yet still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights in the United States.

Twentieth Century Fox-Inside the Photo Archive.

The New Latinos
Tuesday, 9/24 at 8:00 pm
Review the decades after World War II through the early 1960s, as swelling numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities.


Prejudice and Pride
Tuesday, 10/1 at 7:00 pm
Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies, and empowerment in the political process.


Peril and Promise
Tuesday, 10/1 at 8:00 pm
Examine growing Latino influence on American culture and the debate over undocumented immigrants.
Over the past 30 years, a second wave of Cubans and hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans flee to the U.S., creating a debate over undocumented immigrants that leads to calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand the undocumented as a drain on public resources. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment. Latino Americans become the largest and youngest growing sector of the American population.

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