Summer 2024 History S3596 section 001



Call Number 10096
Day & Time
MW 1:00pm-4:10pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Darius V Echeverria
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

As a population, Latino, Latina, Latine, and Latinx peoples have been prominent in the public sphere in popular culture, the media, and especially around discussions of immigration. Though individuals with a tapestry of Spanish-Indian-African ancestry (who may be described as “Latinas/os” “Hispanics” or “Latinxs” today) explored the lands of present-day Florida and New Mexico long before English colonizers reached Plymouth Rock, Latina/o/x communities are continually seen as foreigners, immigrants, and “newcomers” to American society. This course aims to place Latina/o populations in the United States within historical context. We begin by asking:  Who are Latinas/os in the U.S. and how did they become part of the American nation-state?  Why are they identified as a distinct group? How have they participated in American society and how have they been perceived over time?  The course will familiarize students with the broad themes, periods, and questions raised in the field of Latinx History.  Topics include conquest and colonization, immigration, labor recruitment, education, politics, popular culture, and social movements.  The course emphasizes a comparative approach to Latinx history aiming to engage histories from the Southwest, Midwest, and Eastern United States and across national origin groups—Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Central Americans, and South Americans. This class is taught in mostly the modern period (after 1750) within United States history so it can count toward the history major or concentration. Where the course points may be applied depends on a student’s field of specialization within their major or concentration. The course can also count toward the Global Core requirement, which is reflected on the Columbia online registry.  The class can, moreover, serve as three elective points toward degree progress or as non-technical elective credits. Finally, the course is regularly cross-listed with both the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights as well as with American Studies.

Web Site Vergil
Subterm 07/01-08/09 (B)
Department Summer Session (SUMM)
Enrollment 21 students (35 max) as of 3:07PM Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Subject History
Number S3596
Section 001
Division Summer Session
Section key 20242HIST3596S001