The Mexican American in the History of the United States II

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The Mexican American in the History of the United States II

Prof. I.J. de la O Section# 1021 Winter 2016


Course Overview:

This course concentrates on the historical evolution of the Chicano in nineteenth and twentieth century America. Discussion centers on the participation, contributions, and experiences of and by the Chicano community. Major areas include the historical socio-political, economic and educational struggles of Mexican-Americans since the mid-19th century. Topics include the Mexican American Southwest, the post war conflict, American Expansionism, Westward Movements, U.S. Treaties of Cahuenga & Guadalupe Hidalgo, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Mexican Revolution, immigration, the Great Depression, Desegregation struggle, American Nativism, Mexican Repatriation and Deportations, WWII, Zoot-Suit Riots, Acculturation period, Bracero Program, Mexican American Labor Movement, Chicano Movement, and the Post Civil Rights Era. This course fulfills the state graduation requirement in U.S. History and state and local government. This course also fulfills (US-1) of the CSU American Institutions Requirement.


*Evaluate the impact of United States Hegemony through its institutions (socio-political, economic, and religious) on the Chicano population in American society since the 19th century.

*Analyze the complexities of the historical events, e.g., Texas-Mexico War, U.S. Mexico War, U.S. Treaties with Mexico, U.S. Land grabbing, their major causes and consequences on the Mexican American communities during the Post-War period throughout the U.S. Southwest.

*Appraise the economic and labor development and consequent displacement of the Chicano people and their economic and social subordination in American society.

*Examine and critically analyze the marginalization and disenfranchisement of the Mexican American in the U.S. Southwest.

*Examine and apply the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights to Mexican Americans

*Analyze American nativism and xenophobia, as violations of constitutionally guaranteed and protected civil liberties.

*Assess the fundamental contradictions between democratic values, principles and ideals versus institutionalized forms of inequality, unfairness, intolerance and bigotry.

*Analyze state government repression on dissent and on American civil liberties

*Identify and assess the impact of American racial attitudes on United States society during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with emphasis on the Mexican American experience.

*Evaluate the impact of the United States conquest of northern Mexican America on the economic, legal and political status of American Indians, Mexicans, Blacks and European Americans in the American West during the late nineteenth century.

*Identify the causes of the American Civil War and describe the influence of the Mexican War on this conflict.

*Analyze the era of industrialization in United States history with emphasis on its impact on Americans of Mexican descent.

*Outline and discuss patterns of global immigration to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with emphasis on Mexican immigration.

*Analyze the cultural effects of early twentieth century Americanization programs on immigrants including Mexicans in the United States.

*Assess the impact of the Great Depression on American life including Mexican nationals living in the United States.

*Identify and describe the changes to American society that took place during and after World War II in the family, gender roles and expectations of ethnic and racial minorities including Chicano.

*Analyze the goals of the 1960’s civil rights movement with emphasis on Chicano/Mexican American society.

*Compare and contrast United States domestic politics, foreign policy and American society from the Vietnam War to the present including changes in the status of the Mexican-American population.
Student Learning Outcomes: Describe and analyze, in a written assignment, using a critical historical viewpoint, how struggles around social, economic, and political forces have shaped the traditional and contemporary Chicano Diaspora
ADA Statement:

Los Angeles Valley College is committed to providing educational accommodations for students with disabilities upon the timely request by the student to the instructor. A student with a disability, who would like to request an academic accommodation, is responsible for identifying herself/himself to the instructor & to Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). To make arrangements for academic accommodations, contact the SSD.

Required Books:

Republican Protestantism in Aztlan by E.C. Orozco
Recommended Readings:

From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in the Twentieth Century America by Vicki L. Ruiz

Quiz based on assigned readings & lectures 100pts

Chapter Presentation 75pts

Class participation and discussion 25pts

Article response journal 100pts

Final 200pts

Chicano Historical Research Project 100pts

Total Possible Points 600pts
Grade Scale: A 600- 540, B 539- 480, C 479- 420, D 421- 380, F 379- 0
Course Outline
Week 1:

Chicanos in the United States – Southwest and Beyond

Overview of course content

The authors’ themes & interpretations

Introduction and framework of analysis

Cultural/Historical background of the Chicano

Workshop: How to Read and Summarize an Article

United States interest in Spanish and Mexican America

Early filibustering

Texas Republic

Workshop: How to do a Historical site paper

Read: Chapters 3 and 4

Week 2:

U.S. expansionist sentiments-- California and New Mexico

The Mexican American War, 1846-1848

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

American Southwest

Political, social, economic, and cultural subjugation of La Raza in California, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona

Read: Chapter 5

Read: Tensions Mount in Texas

Week 3:

Mexican American contributions to the development of the region

The Great Migration

The Mexican Immigrant era

The Mexican returns north, adaptation and survival in the United States

Labor Rights Movements

Contributions of immigrant era

The depression

Gender, Family, Cultural issue Group activity (Based on reading From Out of the Shadows)

Read: Joaquin Murrieta; Tiburcio Vasquez: A Chicano Perspective by Jose Burciaga

Read: Chapter 6
Week 4:

WWII and its Aftermath

The rise of the Mexican American

Beginnings of cross-cultural experience

Read: Chapters 7 and 8

Read: Hispanic Americans and World War II: (for in-class discussion select a hero/heroine and summarize their experience during the war)

Read: From Out of the Shadows (read both parts)

Read: Sterilization in the Name of Health: Race, Immigration, and Reproductive Control in Modern California by Alexandra Minna Stern

Decade of Betrayal-Repatriation

Read: Envisioning Victims and Creating Saviors: Colonialist Representations of Mexican Repatriation in Mainstream American Newspapers, 1931-1933 by William F. Costley

Week 5:

Zootsuiters, Braceros and war heroes

Chicanismo, group diversity, levels of group awareness and de-Mexicanization

Beginnings of the Chicano Movement; causes; ideologies; impact

Chicano and the Civil Rights Movement

The Four- Horsemen

Chicano cultural renaissances

The legacy of the Chicano Movement

Read: The Pachuco Era by Dan Lukenbill

Read: The Chicano Movement: Mexican American History and the Struggle for Equality by Carlos Munoz

Read: Chapter 9

Recap and Review for Final Exam

Note: If you are encountering any difficulties throughout this 8 week course, please do not hesitate to let me know!
*Syllabus subject to change at my discretion
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