Syllabus 10B (S10) - 1 SanJoseStateUniversitySpring2010

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1 San Jose State University Spring 2010 MAS 10B: Mexican Americans and the Development of US History (1880s – Present) Section 3 MW 10:30 – 11:45 am Clark 302 Instructor Info Dr. Magdalena Barrera Office: YUH #35 Phone: 408-924-5583 Email: Website: Office Hours: Mondays 1:00 – 3:00pm, Tuesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm and by appointment Jesus Covarrubias, M.A. Office: YUH #36A Phone: 408-298-2181 x3885 Email: Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 – 10:00am and by appointment Graduate Mentor Ana Angel Email: Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm and by appointment (Cultural Heritage Center, 5 th Floor MLK Library) Creative Consultant Michael Fernandez, M.A. Candidate in Mexican American Studies Email: Course Overview In this course, we will be studying Mexican American history from 1865 to the present-day, focusing mainly on the twentieth century. The time span at the heart of our course is rich and fascinating. It begins in the aftermath of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848), the document that formally created “Mexican Americans.” However, events truly gain speed in the early 1900s due to the migration of Mexicans into the US following the Mexican Revolution, when fully 10% of Mexico’s population ventured north—the largest sustained wave of immigration this country has ever seen. Despite this long historical presence, Mexican Americans are still seen by many as only recent arrivals to the US. What has been the effect of this silencing and dismissal? We will do our best to restore Mexican Americans to American history by studying their popular culture, union involvement, military history, farmworking, political movements . . . and much, much more. Rather than focus exclusively on the “who,” “what” and “when” of history, together we will focus on the many “why”s and “how”s: Why did the past unfold as it did? Why does focusing on Mexican American culture challenge any assumptions we may have about early US history?
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2 How do the forces of race, class and gender shape this era of US history? And finally, how are historical narratives created, and what purpose(s) are they meant to serve? GE/SJSU Studies Category This course satisfies lower division GE requirements in American Institutions (F1, F2, F3) and Social Science (D2 and D3). Required Textbooks The following three textbooks are available for purchase at the Spartan Bookstore: 1. Rudolfo Acuña, Occupied America (5 th edition or later) 2. Vicki Ruiz, From Out of the Shadows: 3. Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States (Harper Perennial 2005) Course Promises This course will enable you to Develop an understanding of the diverse cultural experiences in US history. Explain how Mexican American culture influenced—and was influenced by—changing
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