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 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 after his death became his most important legacy. In the next 3 years, Cuban insurgents and Spanish soldiers fought the fierce war. In December 1898, The Philippines, Cuba, and Puerto Rico were now under U. S. control. After 4 years of American military occupation, Cuba became independent. However, the United States took over Puerto
Rico and never left. Nearly one million came from Mexico, escaping the violence of the revolution. Juan Salvador Villasenor had his story told by his son, Victor. He fled the violence of the Mexican revolution of 1910, along with his mother and two sisters. The Juan Salvador’s story is about a grueling Journey and poverty, then when he was a bootlegger, and finally when he was a successful businessman along with his wife and children in the United States. Immigration was encouraged with the expanding U. S. economy in 1920s. Mexicans and Mexican Americans built a community in Los
Angeles and looked forward to a bright future. However, when the economic boomed of that 1920s ends with the Great Depression, the pendulum swung. Immigrants encouraged to immigrate in the 1920s were deported in the 1930s. Emilia Castaneda loses ner nome and ner tamily when sne and ner tatner and brother are deporte d to Mexico, despite the fact that Emilia and her brother are U. S. citizens. It set up the pattern of wanting Mexican labor at times in which employment is needed, and wanting people to Just leave when that labor is no longer needed. Puerto Ricans rebelled against U. S. le on the Island, and eventually gained Commonwealth status from the U. S. Government. The video did a really good Job telling the history of the Latino Americans. It showed the struggles of the Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexican. Some people think of the United States as a paradise but later realized that it was not, like Jose Martin. Or some did have their dreams become true, like Juan Salvador Villasenor. This video really helps me to know more about the history of the Latino Americans, which I did not know before. It is also very interesting showing all the evidences of the things being said.