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.
*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
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Republican Protestantism in Aztlan by E.C. Orozco
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
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 NO TEXTING IN CLASS Course Outline Week 1:
Chicanos in the United States – Southwest and Beyond