HIS 350L • LATINO USA
This seminar will explore competing visions of America as a "nation of immigrants" and as an Anglo-Protestant nation worried that immigrants will fundamentally change what it means to be American. We will mainly be focused on immigration from Latin America, mainly Mexico, and Asia from 1960s to the present, as well as the backlash against illegal immigration (construction of a border fence, minutemen phenomenon, militarization of the border, etc.) We will consider the implications of current census predictions that one of every three Americans will be Hispanic by 2050.
1/3 of the grade is based on class discussion 1/3 on a three short papers, 3 pages each. 1/3 on a 15-20-page paper on some aspect of post-1965 immigration in relation to issues of citizenship, race, and national identity.
Victor David Hanson, Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (2003) Edward Ashbee, et al., eds, The Politics, Economics, and Culture of Mexican-U.S. Migration: Both Sides of the Border (2007) Patrick Buchanan, State of Emergency: Third World Invasion and Conquest of America (2006) Mae M. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004) Erika Lee, At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 (2003). Dowell Myers, Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America (2007). William Anthony Nericcio, Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinatioins of the Mexican in America (UT 2006)