“Poor people inhabit rich lands”
See the syllabus addendum on Blackboard for additional class policies.
Meade, Teresa. A History of Modern Latin America, 2d ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. ISBN: 9781118772485. The author has a study guide for this textbook at minerva.union.edu/meadet/modernlatinamerica/.
Assignments and grades
Daily identification terms. We will begin each class period with identifying and giving the significance of one identification term drawn from a list posted to the Blackboard webpage for each of the weekly assigned readings from Meade’s A History of Modern Latin America. These will be graded on a scale of 1 to 5 points. One point means that you are present, 2 points indicate that something was fundamentally wrong with your response, 3 points indicate a rote response from the text, 4 points represent analytical thought, and 5 points are for responses that reveal critical thought that extends significantly beyond the text and places the term in a broad historical context.
Weekly quizzes. A weekly quiz is on the Blackboard webpage for each chapter from the Meade textbook. Complete the quiz by class time on Monday.
Response papers. Write a one-page typed essay for each chapter in McPherson that compares his treatment of U.S. intervention in Latin America to the Meade textbook. The essays must be typed, double-spaced, and include citations. The essays are due on Friday for each week with a reading from McPherson.
Final Exam. The final exam is comprehensive.
Week 1 (Jan 17-19) Intro & Geography
Week 2 (Jan 22-26) Colonial background
Week 3 (Jan 29-Feb 2) Slavery
Week 4 (Feb 5-9) Caudillos
Week 5 (Feb 12-16) Neocolonialism
Week 6 (Feb 19-23) Caste Wars
Week 7 (Feb 26-March 2) Mexican Revolution
Week 8 (March 5-9) Socialism
Week 9 (March 19-23) Populism
Week 10 (March 26-30) Dictators
Week 11 (April 4-6) Cuban Revolution
Week 12 (April 9-13) Chilean Path to Socialism
Week 13 (April 16-20) Liberation Theology
Week 14 (April 23-27) Pink Tide Governments
Week 15 (April 30-May 4) Immigration
Final Exam: Thurs, May 10, 9:30-11:20