Latino Studies

'Latino' often conceals more than it reveals. Here we will cover the entire range of Spanish-speaking peoples in North America--Puerto Ricans, Chicanos, Mexicans, Cubans, Dominicans, Salvadoreans and many more--while they share some things in common, they are also unique in many ways that we will respect.

Latino in America

CNN Series with Soledad O'Brien in 20 10-Minute Videos

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Latino History and Culture

14-week course sylabbus from Nick DeGenova of Columbia University

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Harvest of Empire

15-Minute Interview: Juan Gonzales of Democracy Now discusses the new edition of his book

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500 Years of Chicana Women's History

Half-Hour lecture in three parts by Elizabeth Martinez, author of the book

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A Zapatista History of Mexico

Two videos (30 minutes) summarizing the hostory of Mexico from the bottom up, from the view of the native peoples and the poor, with presentation by Subcommandante Marcos

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A Class Apart: Mexicans in Texas

From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case. The little-known story of the Mexican American lawyers who took Hernandez v. Texas to the Supreme Court, challenging Jim Crow-style discrimination.

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Latino Americans: The PBS Series

'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.  Four hours, one hour per part. ACCESS HERE

CHICANO: QUEST FOR A HOMELAND.One hour PBS documentary. The Chicano Movement encompassed a broad cross section of issues—from restoration of land grants, to farm workers' rights, to enhanced education, to voting and political rights, as well as emerging awareness of collective history. Socially, the Chicano Movement addressed what it perceived to be negative ethnic stereotypes of Mexicans in mass media and the American consciousness.ACCESS HERE

Palenque and the Ancient Maya WorldThe history of civilization in the New World is important as a counterpoint to Euro-centrism. At the western end of the Maya World settlers started a small hamlet around 100 BC at the northern end of the Chiapas highlands. Palenque started as a small village of farmers and hunters and it is likely that more people came and settled the site around 150 AD, perhaps immigrants from the middle Usumacinta River.Theirs would gradually become a small ceremonial center, and – in time – it would grow to be an important and very powerful city.Just one century after it had been established, its citizens had built one of the most amazing, mysterious and admired ancient cities in the world, famous for its sophisticated sculptural style. Archaeologists and National Geographic grantees George and David Stuart offer keen insights into the art and culture of the Mayans. 40-minute video lecture. with photos and slides.Access Here
The Young Lords in Chicago Archives. The remarkable collection grows out of the ongoing struggle for fair housing, self-determination, and human rights that was launched by Mr. José “Cha-Cha” Jiménez, founder of the Young Lords Movement. This project is dedicated to documenting the history of the displacement of Puerto Ricans, Mejicanos, other Latinos, and the poor from Lincoln Park, as well as the history of the Young Lords nationwide. Highlights include a rich collection of more than 80 oral histories, some as video and audio files, and historical photographs, papers, and clippings.
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