“In this part of the world the possibility is almost totally gone
This course meets the Intercultural Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Studies Program. As such, it will provide you with a greater knowledge and appreciation of cultural diversity through the study of encounters of Indigenous, European, and African worlds in the Latin America. Hopefully this course will make you more aware of how culture has been used for political and social ends, including confronting racial discrimination, economic exploitation, and social injustice.
This course also has an optional study abroad trip to Cuba during spring break (March 10-18). For more information, see http://witnessforpeace.org/event/revolutionary-cuba/.
See the syllabus addendum on Blackboard for additional class policies.
Joseph, G. M., and Jürgen Buchenau. Mexico's Once and Future Revolution: social upheaval and the challenge of rule since the late nineteenth century. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780822355328
Assignments and grades
Response papers: Prepare a three-page written response to each assigned book. Briefly state the authors’ main arguments and the evidence that they use. Examine the use of sources, methodology, and theory. Provide your own assessment or critique of the readings. The essays must be typed, double-spaced, and include citations and page numbers. 100pts each.
Cuba essay: Select one book from the reading list on Blackboard. Read the entire book, write an analysis of its main arguments and use of evidence, and present your findings to the class (March 2-9). 100pts.
Research paper proposal: Submit a paragraph describing your project, the research questions you seek to address with the project, a hypothesis of what you expect to find (the thesis statement of your research paper), and a preliminary bibliography of sources that you plan to use. Due March 23. 50pts.
Primary source: Select a primary source related to your research topic from the microfilm collection (http://library.truman.edu/microforms/subject_list.htm#Latin%20American%20History). Try to find something that relates as closely as possible to your research topic. Have me approve the source in advance, and then write a paper (typed, double-spaced, about 3 pages, citations, bibliography, page numbers) analyzing the document and its historical perspective. Attach a copy of the document to the essay. Due March 30. 100pts.
Research paper: Write a research paper on a topic related to Latin American revolutions. The paper must use a minimum of six scholarly sources (including at least one book and one journal article) and one primary source, and should be 15-20 pages long, typed, double-spaced, and include citations, a bibliography, and page numbers. The format should follow Mary Lynn Rampolla, A pocket guide to writing in history. Due May 4. 250pts.
Final exam: The final exam is comprehensive and cumulative. 100pts.
Mexican Revolution (1910–1920)
Jan 29: Joseph/Buchenau, ch. 4
Feb 5: Joseph/Buchenau, ch. 7
Cuban Revolution (1959–)
Feb 19: Chomsky, ch. 4
Feb 26: Chomsky, ch. 7
March 2-9: Cuba book reports
Chilean Road to Socialism (1970–1973)
March 26: Power, ch. 4
April 4: Power, ch. 7
Nicaraguan Sandinistas (1979–1990)
April 16: Zimmermann, ch. 4
April 23: Zimmermann, ch. 7
April 30-May 4: Presentations; Research paper due
Final exam: Monday, May 7, 11:30-1:20