Influential People and Moments in Latino History in the US


This exhibit presents videos that recognize and shed light on people and events that have influenced Hispanic culture in America.

Cesar Chavez and Labor Conditions for American Farm Workers in the Mid Twentieth Century
Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institution's Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, toured the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and discussed artifacts of Cesar Chavez, including his jacket and hoe. Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.
Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta
Civil rights activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) with Cesar Chavez in the 1960s, talks about how they fought to improve working conditions for field laborers in California
Cuban Refugees and the 1980 Mariel Boatlift
University of Florida Cuban History Professor Lillian Guerra discusses the 1980 Mariel Boatlift and the mass emigration that brought an estimated 120,000 Cuban refugees to Florida.
How Mexican Food Conquered the World
Panelists at the American History Museum discuss the economics of Mexican food in America.
National Council of La Raza
President and CEO Janet Murguia talked about the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy group in the United States.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
James Billington speaks about the founding of National Hispanic Heritage Month and its importance in educating our nation and helping to remove stereotypes and cultural misconceptions. Mr. Billington also presents Bolivian-American teacher Jaime Escalante with the Presidential Education Award in Mathematics. Mr. Escalante was the inspiration for the movie, Stand and Deliver, where he was portrayed by actor Edward James Olmos.
The Palace of the Governors
Frances Levine talked about the history of the Palace of Governors. The Palace of the Governors was originally constructed in the early 17th century as Spain's seat of government for what is today the American Southwest. This adobe structure, now the state's history museum, was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1960 and an American Treasure in 1999.
President Obama in San Juan, Puerto Rico
President Obama spoke at the International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico about providing economic tools for Puerto Ricans to build their future on the island, as well as the contributions of Puerto Rican people to American culture.
The History of the City of Los Angeles
Miguel Angel Corzo, a curator at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, in downtown Los Angeles explains the history of the city.
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