History | Immigrant Nations
A300 | 28323 | J. Nieto-Phillips
Topic: Immigrant Nations: Latinos and the Politics of Citizenship.
Above class carries Culture Studies credit. Above class meets with
For more than two centuries, immigration has been a hot political
issue in the United States. It has evoked discussion about who
should be allowed into the country, who should be granted
citizenship, and who should be deported or excluded from the
nation's body politic. This course will explore the complicated
history of US immigration during the 19th and 20th centuries. We
will examine how debates over immigration shaped and responded to
politics, policies, and public sentiment. Race, nativism, culture,
labor, and competing definitions of "America" all have factored into
this history. Drawing on historical documents as well as recent
scholarship, we will pay particular attention to how the politics of
immigration has impacted Latinos, and how Latinos have shaped
society, the economy, and the politics of the nation.
This course will offer an optional Service-Learning component, which
will engage students in work with the state's Latino community.