Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, CEN_OIPR_231
Puerto Rican man, woman, and two children watching television, ca. 1953. Photographer unknown.
Why would this family photograph be shot with family members facing a television set, rather than the camera?
How can you tell by looking at the family that this is an important event in their lives?
In the early 1950s, why would recently arrived immigrants to the United States be particularly enthralled by the new medium of television?
From your own understanding and knowledge of history, what impact has television had on the world?
How has television viewing been both positive and negative in your life?
What identifies this family as a typical American family of the 1950s?
Investigate the advent of television programming in Latin America. You may decide to report on how the power of television was instrumental in fortifying Fidel Castro’s revolutionary victory and political power in Cuba before and after 1959.
What were some of the first television programs? How has television changed over the last fifty years? Describe the rise of Spanish-language television programming.
Technology: Report to the class on what prospects are ahead for television broadcasting. Besides Internet and i-Pod broadcasts and HD television, what do experts predict will be the next developments in this medium?
Foreign Language: Find a list of Spanish-language television programming and translate it into English.