This course will present a panoramic view of the history and culture of Mexican and Mexican-descent people living within the presently-constituted borders of Mexico and the United States. First, we will trace Mexico's history from pre-Columbian times to the mid-19th century. Then we will focus on the parallel development of modern Mexico, the Southwest, and other regions of the United States where Mexican American communities have flourished from 1848 to the present. While the historical context constitutes the general backdrop of the class, identity formation, as well as the cultural and artistic expressions of Chicanas and Chicanos will also be explored. Thus, students will examine the multiple ways in which U. S. Mexicans/Chicanos have been perceived, defined, and named in the United States. In general, we will explore the position they have occupied, the role they have played in the making of "America," and the contributions they have made to U.S. culture and society.
One Required Textbook:
- Gonzales, Manuel G. Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States (Indiana University, 1999). https://www-jstor org.offcampus.lib.washington.edu/stable/j.ctt16gz4w8