Harvest of Empire
The history of Latino immigration to the U.S. is at once a political can of worms and a rich cultural tapestry. The links between immigration and U.S. policies in Latin America are documented, and as Latino numbers grow, their effect on American culture and domestic policy is no longer confined to border towns. Salsa now outsells ketchup, and bilingual education and citizenship issues are currently hot political topics. Juan González gives us a lesson on U.S.-Puerto Rican relations and details some of his experiences as a young immigrant from Puerto Rico.
Interview by David Barsamian.
Juan González is an award-winning columnist for the New York Daily News and author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America and co-author of News for All the People. He is the co-host of Democracy Now!