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Week 1: Introduction

Tuesday, January 24, 2023: Welcome Readings:

  1. The syllabus and website.
  2. “Effective Note-taking in Lectures”, Columbia University.

Thursday, January 26, 2023: The Tricks of Time Readings:

  1. Steve Stern, “The Tricks of Time: Colonial Legacies and Historical Sensibilities in Latin America,” The Princeton University Library Chronicle 57.3 (Spring 1996), pp. 371-392.

Week 2: Colonial Roots and Independence

Tuesday, January 31, 2023: Colonial Legacies

  • Eduardo Galeano, “Introduction: 120 Million People in the Eye of a Hurricane,” Open Veins of Latin America (Monthly Review, 1997 [1973]).

Thursday, February 2, 2023: In the Name of the King/In the Name of the Law

  • John Chasteen, Born in Fire and Blood, Chapter 4.

Week 3: What is a Nation

Tuesday, February 7, 2023: We're All Peruvians Now?

  • Tristan Platt, “Simon Bolivar, the Sun of Justice and the Amerindian Virgin: Andean Conceptions of the Patria in Nineteenth-Century Potosi,” JLAS Vol. 25, No. 1 (Feb., 1993), pp. 159-185.

Thursday, February 9, 2023: Citizen as Exclusion

  • Dore, Elizabeth. “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Gender and the State in the Long-Nineteenth Century.” In Dore and Molyneux, eds., Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America (Durham: Duke University Press, 2000) 3-32.

Week 4: Brazil and Abolition

Tuesday, February 14, 2023: Property and Citizen

  • Emilia Viotti da Costa, “Masters and Slaves,” The Brazilian Empire: Myths and Histories (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 198

Thursday, February 16, 2023: Abolitions

  • José Ignacio Barros Cobra, “Slave Property”
  • Joachim Nabuco, “Abolitionism”

Week 5: Contentious Liberalism

Tuesday, February 21, 2023: The Man on a Horse

  • Chasteen and Wood, Problems in Latin American History Chapter 4: Caudillos.

Thursday, February 23, 2023: Honor, Status, and Law

  • Sanders, James E. “The Vanguard of the Atlantic World: Contesting Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Latin America.” Latin American Research Review 46.2 (2011): 104-127.

Week 6: Export Economies and 19th-c. Capitalism

Tuesday, February 28, 2023: The International Division of Labor

  • Edward D. Melillo, “The First Green Revolution: Debt Peonage and the Making of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Trade, 1840–1930,” AHR (Oct 2012): 1028-1060.

Thursday, March 2, 2023: Debt, Conflict, Resources

  • Reinhardt, “The Consolidation of the Import-Export Economy in 19th-Cent. Colombia”

Week 7: US Interventions and the Hemispheric Division of Labor

Tuesday, March 7, 2023: US "Protection"

  • Chasteen, Chapter 7.
  • Through Line Podcast, “There Will Be Bananas.”

Thursday, March 9, 2023: From Marti to Sandino

  • Ramón Ruíz, “The Roots of Cuban Nationalism”
  • José Martí, “Our America”

DUE: How To Get Rich in Latin America

Week 8: Spring Break!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2023: Rest
Thursday, March 16, 2023: Relaxation

Week 9: Midterm Exam

Tuesday, March 21, 2023: No class - Study


Thursday, March 23, 2023: In-Class Midterm Exam

DUE: Exam in class.

Week 10: Mexican Revolutions

Tuesday, March 28, 2023: The Fall of Díaz

  • Meyers, Course of Mexican History, Part 1
  • James Creelman, “President Díaz, Hero of the Americas”

Thursday, March 30, 2023: No Straightforward Story

  • Meyers, Course of Mexican History, Part 2
  • Francisco Madero, “Plan of San Luis Potosí”

Tuesday, April 4, 2023: The Politics of Mass Participation

  • José Carlos Mariátegui, “The Problem of the Indian”
  • Eva Perón, “1947 Radio Speech”

Thursday, April 6, 2023: A Good Neighbor?

  • Watch Saludos Amigos

Week 12: Towards Revolutions

Tuesday, April 11, 2023: Modernization and Underdevelopment

  • Cindy Forster, "'Not in All of America Can There Be Found a Country as Democratic as This One': Che and Revolution in Guatemal," pp. 210-244 in Paulo Drinot, ed., Che's Travels (Durham: Duke University Press).Chasteen, Chapter 9.

Thursday, April 13, 2023: From Coup d'Etat to Revolution

  • Chasteen, Chapter 9.

Week 13: The Velvet Brick

Tuesday, April 18, 2023: The Dream of the 1960s Readings:

  • Eric Zolov, “Showcasing the ‘Land of Tomorrow’: Mexico and the 1968 Olympics,” The Americas 51.2 (2004): 159-188.

Thursday, April 20, 2023: The Nightmare of the 1960s

  • Gladys McCormick, "The Last Door: Political Prisoners and the Use of Torture in Mexico's Dirty War," The Americas 74:1 (January 2017): 57-81.

Week 14: State Terror and Capitalism

Tuesday, April 25, 2023: Markets Must Be Free, No Matter the Cost

  • Chasteen, Chapter 10.

Thursday, April 27, 2023: We Broke it, You Fix it

  • Natalia Milanesio, "Sex and Democracy: The Meanings of the Destape in Postdictatorial Argentina." Hispanic American Historical Review 99, no. 1 (2019): 91-122.

Week 15: Hope, Struggle, and Catastrophe

Tuesday, May 2, 2023: New Social Movements

  • Deborah Yashar, "Contesting Citizenship: Indigenous Movements and Democracy in Latin America," Comparative Politics, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Oct., 1998), pp. 23-42.

Thursday, May 4, 2023: Latin America and the 21st Century

  • Mario Garcés, “October 2019: Social Uprising in Neoliberal Chile,” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 28:3 (2019): 483-491.

Week 16: Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 9, 2023


Monday, May 15, 2023. 3:30-6:00pm (the official exam time)