This seminar will explore the diversity of Latino experiences in the United States from 1492 to the present. We will examine numerous themes, including early narratives of conquest and exploration, the nature of regional differences, and the identities that stem from locale, race mixture and racial purity in the ideologies of settler elites. Additional topics discussed will include the major changes in political organization that occurred as a result of territorial wars, the nature of daily life, the Americanization of immigrants, and the identity and nationalist movements of the 1960s that still largely shape how Latinos relate to each other as national groups and to the dominant American society. Seminar co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago.
Seminar led by Ramon Gutierrez, University of Chicago