The Border (Proseminar in United States History)

History 103D.002

Fall 2016
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 2-4P

According to one of its most eloquent students, the U.S. Mexican border is an open wound "where the third world grates against the first and bleeds." Today hundreds of millions of people cross the border every year, legally and illegally, along with hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods. This seminar will explore the history of the border zone, both as an unsettled region where millions live and work, and as a uniquely unequal frontier that attracts money, power, bodies, and commodities from around the world. Readings will range from the border's formation in 1848 to the politics of immigration, trade, and borderland violence today. Final assignment will either be a senior thesis prospectus, or a historiographic paper.

Course Books

El Narco by Grillo, Ioan Bloomsbury. ISBN: 978-1608194018 Required
The U.S.-Mexican Border Today by Ganster, Paul Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN: 978-1442231115 Required
The Devil's Highway by Urrea, Luis Alberto Back Bay Books. ISBN: 978-0316010801 Required
Smeltertown by Perales, Monica University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0807871461 Required
Migra! by Hernandez, Kelly Lytle University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520266414 Required
Line in the Sand by St. John, Rachel Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691156132 Required
Consuming Mexican Labor by Mize, Ronald University of Toronto Press. ISBN: 978-1442601574 Required