LEAD 345
"In Our Own Backyard?" U.S. and Latin American Relations Spring 2010
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 345 / AFR 345 / LEAD 345
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This course examines the relations between the United States and Latin America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will explore a variety of U.S. military interventions in the region, including U.S. participation in the Spanish-Cuban-American War, the occupation of Haiti, and the CIA’s role in the overthrow of President Salvador Allende in Chile. We will look for consistencies and changes over time, weighing the role of ideology, national security, economic interests, and cultural factors in the creation and outcomes of U.S. policy. Readings will consist of a variety of primary source materials, mostly U.S. government documents but also letters and memoirs by U.S. policy-makers. All of the documents are in English, but students with a reading knowledge of Spanish will be encouraged to investigate other primary sources. In addition to the actions and motivations of officials in Washington, we will also consider how ordinary Americans interpreted U.S. relations with Latin America. Therefore, the course will investigate how young soldiers, African Americans, and women saw their roles as occupiers, allies, and the vehicle of modern civilization in the region. History 345 will also consider Latin American initiatives and responses to U.S. intervention, from attempts by nationalist regimes in Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to find an alternative to dependence on the United States, to critiques by Latin American intellectuals concerning U.S. cultural influences.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3053
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on class participation, short (2-3 page) weekly writing assignments, and a final research paper (15-20 pages); final paper will be based on primary source research about a particular U.S. intervention in Latin American
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: determined by instructor
Unit Notes: meets Group D or Group F requirement in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 345 Division II AFR 345 Division II LEAD 345 Division II
Attributes: LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect
LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership

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