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 was a founder of the Young Lords, an organization dedicated to justice and equality for Puerto Ricans. He went on to become an award-winning journalist. For many years he was a columnist for the New York Daily News. He is co-host of Democracy Now! and the author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America.