“Poor people inhabit rich lands”
Meade, Teresa. A History of Modern Latin America, 2d ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. ISBN: 9781118772485. The author has a study guide for this textbook at minerva.union.edu/meadet/modernlatinamerica/.
Assignments and grades
Daily identification terms. We will begin each class period with identifying and giving the significance of one identification term drawn from a list posted to the Blackboard webpage for each of the weekly assigned readings from Meade’s A History of Modern Latin America. These will be graded on a scale of 1 to 5 points. One point means that you are present, 2 points indicate that something was fundamentally wrong with your response, 3 points indicate a rote response from the text, 4 points represent analytical thought, and 5 points are for responses that reveal critical thought that extends significantly beyond the text and places the term in a broad historical context.
Weekly quizzes. A weekly quiz is on the Blackboard webpage for each chapter from the Meade textbook. Complete the quiz by class time on Monday.
Response papers. Write a one-page essay for each chapter in O’Connor that compares her treatment of mothers in Latin America to the Meade textbook. The essays must be typed, double-spaced, and include citations. The essays are due on Friday for each week with a reading from O’Connor.
Newspaper essays. Select an article on a Latin America topic from one of the daily newspapers distributed on campus (New York Times, St. Louis Post Dispatch, or USA Today—not something from the library or an online source). Write a one-page, typed, double-spaced essay that compares the contemporary discussion of the event to an historical analysis from the assigned Meade and O’Connor readings. Attach a clipping of the article, and include a full citation of the newspaper article in your essay. Due Sept 25 & Oct 9.
Final Exam. The final exam is comprehensive.
Week 1 (Aug 21-25) Intro & Geography
Week 2 (Aug 28-Sept 1) Colonial background
Week 3 (Sept 6-8) Slavery
Week 4 (Sept 11-15) Caudillos
Week 5 (Sept 18-22) Neocolonialism
Week 6 (Sept 25-29) Caste Wars
Week 7 (Oct 2-6) Mexican Revolution
Week 8 (Oct 9-13) Socialism
Week 9 (Oct 16-18) Populism
Week 10 (Oct 23-27) Dictators
Week 11 (Oct 30-Nov 3) Cuban Revolution
Week 12 (Nov 6-9) Chilean Path to Socialism
Week 13 (Nov 13-16) Liberation Theology
Week 14 (Nov 27-Dec 1) Pink Tide Governments
Week 15 (Dec 4-8) Immigration
Final Exam: Thurs, Dec 14, 9:30-11:20