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Gerstle featured in PBS documentary series ‘Latino Americans’

by | Sep. 20, 2013, 2:20 PM

Gary Gerstle (Vanderbilt University)

Vanderbilt history and political science professor Gary Gerstle was interviewed extensively for a landmark PBS documentary series on the experience of Latino Americans in the United States.

Latino Americans began airing on PBS Sept. 17 and continues on Tuesdays through Oct. 1. It began airing in one-hour blocks over six consecutive Fridays beginning Sept. 20 on the Vme Spanish-language channel.

Latino Americans is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who for more than 500 years have helped shape what is today the United States and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the United States.

“It was an honor to be involved in a documentary film project of this seriousness and scope,” said Gerstle, James G. Stahlman Professor of American History. “Its timing could not have been better, coming as it does in the midst of one of the great national debates on the place of immigrants in American life. My hope is that this series will both inform and shape that debate.”

A preview of the series can bee seen on the PBS website.

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