Banditry and Feuding Across Two Continents

History 103E.002

Fall 2006
Instructor (text): 
186 Barrows
Day & Time: 
M 4-6
This course is also listed as 103D.007

This seminar examines banditry and feuding in a comparative perspective focused on Latin America and the United States. It seeks to answer questions about what caused banditry and how bandits were perceived by their contemporaries by studying the careers and the legends of a number of famous bandits, such as Brazil's Antâˆ_Â¥nio Silvino, America's Jesse James, and Mexico's Pancho Villa. The related phenomenon of feuding will also occupy our attention, but we will devote time to a case study of America's most celebrated feud, between the Hatfields and the McCoys. Our comparative perspective will pay special attention to the authorship of bandit legends and the role of oral tradition and poetic song in creating and perpetuating the fame of individual bandits in collective memory. This seminar is open to concentrators in either Latin American or U.S. history, with preference given to those in the Latin America field.