The Latino Americans

Topics: United States, Mexican American, Mexico Pages: 2 (688 words) Published: December 5, 2013
Summary of the video “Episode 2: Empire of Dreams”

The video talks about the Latinos in the United States. It tells us about the history of the Latino Americans, about the Cubans, the Puerto Ricans, and the Mexican. They think of United States as a paradise because they had jobs for everyone so they tried to get across. Thousands of them tried to immigrate to the United States. They risked everything not knowing whether they could achieve anything. The video tells us how the Latinos in the United States do.

From 1836 to 1914, over 30 million people immigrated to the United States. Puerto Ricans and Cubans brought tobacco, coffee, and sugar into the U.S. Many more Latinos would venture north from places linked to America by trade or taken by conquest. Tens of thousands Latinos would come from Puerto Rico. An island acquired by war in 1898. They would build the community that would see more Puerto Ricans in the United States than on the island itself. Nearly one million would come from Mexico following the track that brought silver and copper to America. For some, the American dream did come true, for some, it was denied. Half a million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans families were deported during the Great Depression.

In 1868, angered by 300 years of Spanish rule, Cubans rose in revolt. Jose Marti tried to advocate for independence. He was tried for treason and sentenced to forced labor when letters linking him to the revolt were found. He was exiled from Cuba. In January 1880, the aspiring revolution arrived in New York. A 27-year-old political exile from Cuba, Jose Marti joined the earliest community of Latinos in New York. Marti worked as a correspondent for leading South American journals. In 1891, he became a full-time political actor. By 1895, Cuban rebels were ready to rise up. In April, he sailed to Cuba with a small force of exiles to command the uprising. Only 5 weeks after he arrived, he was killed in the battle. An unfinished letter published...
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