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Alan Tully, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2003

HIS 314K • History of Mexican Amers in US

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36255 to 36260 Multiple Sections
MONTES

Course Description

From the conquest of northern Mexico by the United States to the formation of the Chicano Movement, this course will consider the development of diverse Mexican American communities throughout the US. We will examine how Mexican American men and women have struggled for economic, political and social equality in their local communities, as well on the national scene. Students can expect to learn about the aftermath of the Mexican American war, including both violent insurrections and attempts at peaceful inclusion; ongoing immigration and its effect on receiving communities; tension between assimilation and maintenance of an ethnic identity; and the development of diverse civil rights and labor organizations. Special emphasis will be given to the history of labor and its impact on the growth and development of the Mexican American community.

These themes of struggle and identity are not only visible in formal organizations and mass movements but also in people’s daily lives. Therefore, this class will also pay attention to how these historical changes are experienced, and sometimes shaped, in religious practices, cultural and recreational events, fashion, and family life. This investigation into cultural politics will help highlight the central role of women in Mexican American history. Students will be encouraged to think not only about women and men as historical actors but also to consider the importance of ideas about gender in shaping Mexican American identities and social and political action.

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on three short papers (4-5 pgs), in-class quizzes, and class participation.

Texts

Required readings will include selections from the following works: Vicki Ruiz, FROM OUT OF THE SHADOWS Tomas Almaguer, RACIAL FAULT LINES Sucheng Chan et al, PEOPLES OF COLOR IN THE WEST Mario Garcia, MEXICAN AMERICANS: LEADERSHIP, IDEOLOGY AND IDENTITY, 1930-1960. David Montejano, ANGLOS AND MEXICANS IN THE MAKING OF TEXAS George Sanchez, BECOMING MEXICAN AMERICAN Zaragosa Vargas, ed. MAJOR PROBLEMS IN MEXICAN AMERICAN HISTORY Emilio Zamora, THE WORLD OF THE MEXICAN WORKER IN TEXAS

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