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500 Years

September 21, 2021

Latinos have been Americans for more than 500 years. A video clip from 2013 is new if you haven’t seen it before or have forgotten it. Latino Americans by Ray Suarez was published in 2013 and a companion documentary series from PBS was produced at the same time. With a subtitle of “The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation,” the book chronicles the rich and varied history of Latinos who constitute the largest minority in the United States.

Ray Suarez is a broadcast journalist best known for his work with NPR and PBS. This week’s featured video is a clip from a 2013 PBS interview beginning at a point where Gwen Ifill asks Suarez to talk about the Spanish Americans who lived in the Southwest long before it became part of the United States.