History | Introduction to Latino History
A100 | 24054 | Nieto-Phillips


Above class carries culture studies credit
Above class meets with LATS-L 102

The Latino population has grown tremendously in recent years. 
Census figures suggest that Latinos comprise 14% of the U.S.
population, and that number is projected to reach 25% by 2050.  But
Latinos’ presence in the United States is not a recent phenomenon. 
Some Latino communities date back more than a century-and-a-half. 
In this course, we will explore the historical roots of Latino
communities—their evolution, their political and cultural
expression, their aspirations, and their socioeconomic conditions. 
This course will provide a historical overview of the largest Latino
groups in the United States: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and
Dominicans.  But we will also examine the growing presence of
Central American and South American communities in the United States
since the 1970s.  The main readings for this course will consist of
Juan Gonzalez's "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in
America"(2000), as well as two historical studies and one
autobiography.  Course lectures will involve multimedia
presentations, historical documents, and films.