Lecture 0097 1:00p-2:15p MW
The fundamental question this course will address is, “How can one know if members of a group are treated as the “other?” The instructor believes that the preponderance of evidence supports the argument that Latinos have been and continue to be different than European immigrants to the U.S. The proposed course would lead the students to reflect on this question and the instructor’s conclusion by considering two main areas of inquiry each taking about half of the semester.
The first area of inquiry will compare key historical events such as the following in contrast to the general experience of European immigrants to the U.S.:
1) the incorporation of a Mexican population by the annexation of the American Southwest;
2) the legal, economic and political subordination of this population;
3) the resistance to this subordination in action (social banditry) and culture (language and music); and,
4) the mass repatriation drives of the 1930s.
The main argument of second half of the course is that this historical legacy has three enduring consequences. One is that a large group of multi-generational Mexican Americans who have not assimilated like the typical and Mexican Americans in the U.S. This contention will be supported by reference to analyses of Census data and the results of attitudinal surveys. The second consequence of this legacy is an immigration policy and media image that treats Mexican immigrants in uniquely disadvantaged manner. The third consequence is a tension in the perceptions of relations between Mexican immigrants, other Latino immigrants and U.S.-born Latinos.