Our American Family: The Barreras

About This Episode


The extraordinary story of a Latino American family with an unwavering commitment to staying together. Life in the remote company-owned town of Madrid in the 1920s and ’30s was a mixture of hard, dangerous work offset by the joy of baseball and celebrations. With the closing of the mine in the early ’40s, the extended family re-established itself in southern California by living frugally and powerfully supporting one another through challenges.

Every day that passes is another day closer to a day when we will no longer be able to hear first-hand what it meant to be a family during these times. Our American Family serves as a mirror and seeks to inspire all of us to capture their own stories - before those voices are gone.