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SPAN 124 - (LT) Hispanic History of the United States

Semester Hours: 3
This course adopts a historical perspective to assess the presence of the Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States since the fifteenth century onwards, with attention to their representation in historical narratives, literature, films, music, visual arts, and popular culture. We will ask how these communities have historically shaped the United States, and its hemispheric relations. The United States is still typically conceived as an offshoot of England, with its history unfolding East to West beginning with the first English settlers in Jamestown. This view overlooks the significance of the Hispanic past. With the profile of the United States increasingly Hispanic, the importance of recovering the Hispanic dimension of US national history has never been greater. This narrative begins with Spanish explorers in Puerto Rico, Florida, and the Southwest, Missionaries and rancheros settling California, mapping the American interior to the Rockies, and charting the Pacific coast, nineteenth century expansion into Mexico’s borders, and beyond. Readings for this course may be either in English or in Spanish, but all class discussions will be conducted in Spanish.


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