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

Fall 2005

HIS 386K • US Presence in Lat Amer/Carib

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38910 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
CBA 4.346

Course Description

This graduate readings course will expose students to the historiography of the U.S. presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Emphasis will be placed on the major historiographical questions and the theoretical frameworks that have driven the scholarship on the U.S. presence in the region. Students will read some of the older critical studies of U.S. imperialism, including the economic histories working from dependency perspectives, as well as more recent works that employ social and cultural historical approaches that highlight the complexities of U.S.-Latin American encounters. Throughout the semester, we will consider this literature in light of the ongoing debates inside and outside academia on globalization and U.S. empire building. While the course will devote most of its energy on examining the U.S. presence in the Caribbean and Central America, students will be encouraged to explore relevant works on other parts of the Americas as well.

Grading Policy

Active Class Participation 20% Author Report 10% Application Exercise 10% Book Review 20% Historiographical Essay 40%


Eileen Suárez Findlay, Imposing Decency: The Politics of Sexuality and Race in Puerto Rico, 1870-1920 Gilbert Joseph, Ricardo Salvatore, and Catherine LeGrand, ed., Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U.S.-Latin American Relations Louis A. Pérez, On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture Mary Renda, Taking Haiti: Military Intervention and the Culture of U.S. Imperialism, 1915-1940 Eric Paul Roorda, The Dictator Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1930-1945 Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer, Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala


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