HUMN 222 takes on The New York Times challenge to reframe American history, to consider the possibility that the origin of this country can be traced to 1619, the year that marks the arrival of the first Africans (from the land that would become Angola) to the land that would become America in all its defining contradictions.
This course explores the historical experiences of the peoples from Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and those of their descendants, in the modern United States. The primary focus of the course will be to compare and contrast the twentieth-century experiences of the five largest Latino populations: those who can trace their heritage to Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's history of donning brownface and blackface connects to a troubling history of blackface in Canada.
Course Description This course examines what it means to be an American and why the criterion for becoming an American has changed throughout U.S. history. We will consider why immigrants and migrants were (and are currently) perceived as racial and ethnic “others” and think critically about what it means to be a multiracial, multiethnic, and... Continue Reading →