The documentary starts with the early years of colonization of
As those living in the 13th colonies and then the
As the XIX century increased the movement of Americans from the East, the situation started to change. Adventurers of all kinds started arriving into the Mexican territories with the only goal of making their fortune. They saw the Mexican citizens in the same light as the plain Indians that they feared and tried to defeat.
Many Mexicans living in the territories believed that the Central government in
The Mexican settlers offered a welcoming hand to the American arriving into their lands until it was too late. As the Anglos took over their lands, and especially after the Mexican American War, the original Spanish and Mexican settlers found themselves treated as second hand citizens in their own land. Finding gold in
The subsequent episodes documents how Mexicans were treated badly. Lynching of Mexicans in
While places like
Another episode describes how Macario García, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945 for actions the prior year, was denied service in the Oasis Café in
Later episodes show how the Chicano movement started and eventually how the Latino movement became important in local and national elections. During this journey there is the narration of how an ex service man, known as CC, decided to sit in the Anglo section of a movie theatre in a small town in Texas and was arrested. Not having any reason to hold him in jail he was soon released. Next night many more Mexican Americans sat in that section, desegregating the theatre. Later we learned that the pioneer CC was in fact Cesar Chavez, a well know Chicano activist. He went on to be the face of the Latino movement and emulated Martin Luther King and other activist in the African American civil rights movement.
The series also follows ordinary immigrants that ended up achieving the American Dream. One of them, a Cuban, came to the
In the last two episodes the series explains the reasons for the large Central American immigration in the last part of the XX century. It also describes the successes of the Cuban immigrants in
The series is an accurate account of historical events. It shows the macro history of the Chicano movement with some personal histories to balance out. While the target audience appears to be other Latinos, everyone would benefit if members of other cultures watch it.
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