HIST 385
Politics and Everyday Life: Latinas/os in New York City and Beyond Spring 2019
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 385 / LATS 385
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This course asks how everyday life shapes politics, from the definition of politics, to the issues addressed, to the wide variety of forms that activism takes. Focusing on Latinas/os in New York City from World War II to the present, we explore activism that has included collective organizing and community building to meet immediate needs, social service approaches and community-based organizing, radical political and social movements, participation in pre-existing unions and political groups, as well as electoral politics. Activists addressed a wide variety of often intersecting issues including education, workers’ rights, women’s rights and feminism, immigration rights and legal status, environmental justice, LBGTQ+ visibility and rights, as well as others. Reflecting the histories of migration, politics have sometimes been rooted in one national origin group, while other efforts were explicitly Latinx. To make the connections between everyday lives and politics, our readings will include autobiographies and other narrative sources, as well as documentaries. For final projects, students will delve deeper into autobiographies and other narrative sources, and/or explore a particular contemporary political issue(s), and/or explore parallels in the broader northeast.
The Class: Type: discussion-based course
Limit: 40
Expected: 20
Class#: 3292
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two essays of 3-5 pages each, final project of 7- to 10-pages, and final presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors and Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 385 Division II LATS 385 Division II
DPE Notes: This course explores how Latinx communities have sought inclusion in U.S. society and polity, in the face of marginalization based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and/or political perspective, as well as other intersecting markers of difference. At times working within existing structures, Latinx communities also questioned and challenged those existing structures. Questions of difference, power and equity are explored at the structural, community, and individual levels.
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
LATS Core Electives

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