Ray Suarez on Latinos in America

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ray Suarez, PBS Newshour senior correspondent, chronicles the history of Latinos and the ways they’ve helped shaped the nation. His book Latino Americans is the companion to the PBS miniseries, and it explores the lives of Latino American men and women over a 500-year span, from the early European settlements to the Wild West to the Cold War to the Great Depression to the civil rights movement.

The book is a companion to the PBS series Latino Americans, which premieres September 18, at 8:00 pm. 


Ray Suarez

Comments [5]

Rosario from Brooklyn

Ray Suarez's comments so far suggest an entirely Eurocentric understanding of Latino identity, ie, entirely based in Spain, a colonizing European culture no different than England. Two great destroyers of language and culture. Why should it be considered a minority culture any more than any other European culture in America?

Sep. 03 2013 12:33 PM
Anonymous from New York

Oh it is absolute! They are as racist in the latino countries as in the USA, ask anyone from the DR, Haiti or Cuba!

Sep. 03 2013 12:32 PM
john from office

Neil Young's Cortez the Killer is a great song!

Sep. 03 2013 12:29 PM

While visiting the Alamo and reading the causes of the war the following is evident:
Texas was the northern part of Mexico;
settlers were invited in from the north to work the land;
settlers brought their own culture, and chafed againsted the natives and the Mexican government;
the Mexican government clamped down;
the settlers rose up, supported by their northern relatives.
When you flip this to 2000, it is exactly the same thing:
Texas was the southern part of the US
Mexicans were invited in to supply cheap labor
Mexicans bring their own culture, and chafe against the "natives"
Hope we can avoid the rest....

Sep. 03 2013 12:23 PM
Robert from NYC

Historically the Spaniard were among the worst "conquerers" who destroyed numerous ancient cultures throughout South American and the Caribbean and beyond even in Asia and the Pacific. In the name of Christ they tortured and killed horribly many peoples.

Sep. 03 2013 12:23 PM

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