Interconnecting the Americas: Transnational Approaches to U.S., Latin American and Caribbean History

History 103E.003

Spring 2007
Instructor (text): 
104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tues 4-6

This course will explore the often overlooked ways in which the Americas are, and have been, interconnected and crisscrossed by immigrants, travelers, slaves, pirates, and people living at the intersection of various borders within the hemisphere. We will begin with an overview of recent scholarly perspectives on transnational and borderlands history. Then, the course will explore three regions in the Americas, the Caribbean/circum-Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, in order to draw out the historical connections that bind these areas. In the second part of the course, we will turn to an examination of U.S. imperialism in Latin America, and of the various transnational ideologies that have informed the ways Latin Americans have sought to challenge the United States: Hispanism, Latin Americanism and Bolivarianism. We will focus on these transnational ideas and their concrete manifestations. The course ends with an exploration of historical and literary perspectives on Latin American and Caribbean immigration to the U.S. This course will offer students the opportunity to engage methodological questions, work with primary sources and develop research skills. Those students who are planning to write a senior thesis in the general area of this seminar will be asked to write a brief (non-binding) pre-preprospectus in which they present a topic and a list of the primary sources they will consult.