LATS 385
Politics, Activism, and Everyday Life: Latinas/os in New York City and the Northeast Spring 2019 Division II; Cross-listed as HIST385 / LATS385

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This course explores how everyday life has shaped the politics and activism of Latinas/os in New York City and the Northeast from the post-World War II era to the present. Arriving in larger numbers in the 1940s and 1950s, Puerto Ricans sought to define a place for themselves in the region. In ensuing decades, Cubans, Dominicans, Central and South Americans, and Mexicans increasingly settled in the city and the region. Addressing the issues stemming from their everyday lives, politics and activism took a wide variety of forms from community building to meet immediate needs, to social service approaches and community-based organizing during the War on Poverty in the early 1960s, to the radical political and social movements of the late 1960s and the 1970s, to electoral politics throughout the decades to the present. Activists organized around a wide variety of often intersecting issues including education, workers’ rights, women’s rights and feminism, legal status, and LBGTQ+ visibility and rights. At times, politics and activism were rooted in one national origin group, while other efforts were intentionally and explicitly Latinx. This course will draw on autobiographies and other primary materials, as well as documentaries to help in making the connections between everyday life and politics. For final projects, students will have the option of delving deeper into autobiographies and other narrative sources OR of engaging in community based learning throughout the semester and using these experiences as the foundation for their final projects.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3293
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two essays of 3- to 5-pages each, final project of 7- to 10-pages, and final presentation, option of community based learning
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors and Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada; LATS Core Electives

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