Harvest of Empire, Part 1

It’s not just jobs and prosperity that draw immigrants to the United States. Many Latin Americans were brought here, or forced to come by dangerous or deadly conditions. And the US often had a role in creating those crises. Over the next 2 weeks, we’ll hear “Harvest of Empire” a documentary film written and narrated by Democracy Now’s Juan Gonzalez. Today, in part one, Gonzalez traces the history of Guatemalan, Dominican, and Mexican migration to the United States.

Also See: Harvest of Empire, Part 2


Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now co-host and Harvest of Empire author; Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Robert White, Former US Ambassador to El Salvador; Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemalan Political Activist and 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner; Melvin Goodman, Former CIA Division Chief; Mariana Cabrera, Guatemalan Immigrant; Mariana Zamboni; Mariana Cabrera’s Daughter; Lorenzo Meyer, Historian and Political Analyst.