HIS 314K • History of Mexican Amers in US
This course will explore the diverse experiences of ethnic Mexicans in the United States from the conquest of Northern Mexico by the U.S. to the contemporary debates regarding immigration and an increasing U.S. Latino/a population. We will examine both the formal and informal ways Mexican American men and women have organized at a regional and national level, and in both rural and urban settings, for social, economic, and political equality. Close attention will be given to several historical moments that have helped shape Mexican American ethnic identity, including: The Mexican-American War and the subsequent racial prejudice and economic displacement Mexican Americans experienced; Mexican immigration to the U.S. and its effect on various worker and ethnic communities; World War II and the rise of Mexican American political activism and civil rights organizing, including inter-ethnic debates over assimilation; and the Chicano/a Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, particularly the role of community, labor, prison, and student organizing in fighting discrimination and establishing better educational and occupational opportunities for Mexican Americans and other ethnic minorities in the United States. To enhance the students understanding of the topics discussed, secondary and primary source readings, as well as photographs, music, and films, will supplement the lectures. By the end of this course, students can expect to have a better understanding of the historical experiences of ethnic Mexicans in the United States, and to have developed the skills to apply this understanding to assess, examine, and interpret the experiences of other historical actors and ethnic groups as well. Students will leave the course with practical skills in historical research and writing and a better comprehension of how historians interpret and document the past.
Discussion / Attendance: 10% Quizzes (5 out of 6): 10% Review paper (3-4 pages): 20% Analytical paper (4-5 pages): 25% Oral History / Research paper (10-12 pages): 35%
WALLS AND MIRRORS: MEXICAN AMERICANS, MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS, AND THE POLITICS OF ETHNICITY by David G. Gutierrez. FROM OUT OF THE SHADOWS: MEXICAN WOMEN IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICA by Vicki L. Ruiz Course Packet, available at Speedway Copies in the Dobie