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

Salvador Salinas

PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2014

HIS F317L • Mexican Amer Women, 1910-Pres

84980 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am WEL 2.312
(also listed as WGS F301 )
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This course examines the history of Mexican American women in the United States during the twentieth century.  It begins with the 1910 Mexican Revolution, which led to the first large-scale migrations of Mexicans to the United States, and ends with the migrations at the turn of the twenty-first century.  We will pay particular attention to the diversity of Mexican American history, including the regional variations of societies and cultures in both Mexico and the United States.  Issues surrounding race, gender, class, and religion will help us to analyze and understand the experiences of Mexican American women in the United States.

Course Readings:

Vicki L. Ruiz, From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America,Oxford University Press, 2008

 W.K. Stratton with Anissa Zamarron, Boxing Shadows, University of Texas Press, 2009

Articles and short readings will be posted to Blackboard.

Grading formula:

Attendance & participation    10%

3 reading and film quizzes     30%

Mid-term exam                     30%

Final exam                           30%

HIS 310L • Lat Am Civ: Natl Experience

39665 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm CMA 3.114
(also listed as LAS 310 )
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This course surveys the history of Latin America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Lectures and readings will cover the major social and political upheavals of the time, including the Wars of Independence, post-independence civil wars and national consolidation, Liberal economic reforms at the turn of the twentieth century, the World Wars and the Great Depression, post-war Industrialization and the Cold War, and democratization at the turn of the twenty-first century.  Latin America contains a socially diverse population, thus we will pay particular attention to the interaction of specific actors in politics: land owners, industrialists, peasants, African slaves, urban workers, the middle class, the Catholic Church, women, indigenous groups, and foreign commercial interests.  Students will grasp how each of these groups came to play influential roles in different Latin American societies at different historical junctures.  Major themes include state formation, economic development, culture, the environment, foreign relations, gender, class, and race relations, migration, and revolutionary movements. 


Course Objectives:

-To provide students with a broad understanding of Latin America’s historical development over two centuries.  Students will learn how to view and analyze history as empathetic observers.  In other words, you will learn to put yourself in the shoes of the actors and groups that we will place under the historical microscope.  Interpreting our primary source readings will be central to this task.

-To improve students’ oral communication skills.  Most lecture days will take the final 15-20 minutes of class to discuss the assigned readings and connect how they pertain to the lecture material.  Your participation is crucial to the quality of the discussions. 

- To improve students’ reading and writing skills.  During the end-of-class discussions, we will focus on how to read and interpret the course materials.  Students must pay particular attention to the writing style and presentation of the authors, as you will be expected to write with the same level of clarity in your analytical papers. 


Course Readings:

John Charles Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America, W.W.

Norton & Company, 2001


Assorted short readings in Course Packet (CP) available at Jenn’s Copies, 2200 Guadalupe St.


Three article-length readings will be posted on Blackboard (BB)


Grading Formula – The accumulation of points at the end of the semester determines the student’s final grade.  For example, 900 points or more equals an A; 800 points or more equals a B; and so forth. 


-Attendance and participation in discussions worth a total of 150 points.  15% of grade. 

-5 Reading quizzes worth 40 points each. The quizzes will consist of multiple choice

questions.  20% of grade.

-Mid-term exam worth 200 points. The exam will consist of short answers and a short

essay question.  20% of grade.

-Final exam worth 200 points. The exam will consist of short answers and one essay question. 20% of grade.

-Analytical Paper (7-10 pages) worth 250 points.  25% of grade

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