Examine major themes in Chicana/o history, analyze and
interpret primary & secondary source historical evidence (course readings and topics needed for this essay will be provided) begin with the textbook, Mexicans in the Making of America by Neil Foley. But the focus should be on all the material ill give. to develop your thesis, such as primary sources, lectures, documentaries, and scholarly articles or other readings shared. The focus of the essay should be significant course themes related to Chicana/o history as per your understanding of course readings and sources. Sample themes may include but are not limited to: the U.S.-Mexico border, identity, racism, discrimination, ethnic relations, gender, sexuality, racial formation, colonialism, Anglo-Mexican relations, intra-ethnic relations, citizenship, immigration, violence, civil rights, etc. You as the reader of sources must determine what themes are most relevant to the course based upon your understanding of the reading. Once you have selected the course themes to evaluate, consider the following question(s) in
crafting your essay & developing a thesis:
What themes do you find significant in Chicano/a history based upon the readings How do the readings illuminate the way these themes have impacted the course of Chicana/o history, especially between 1850-1940? Provide specific historical examples to illustrate your points, as well as changes over time between 1850-1940. You must use Chicago Manual of Style footnotes.2
2 This is a sample footnote. Neil Foley, Mexicans in the Making of America (Cambridge, Harvard University Press,
2017), page #.
video/document sources to use for this essay
https://youtu.be/4f7Pe5bO82E “racial formation theory” out of UC Merced.
https://youtu.be/0_4s2GQJ2FY Spanish in the United States
http://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/watch-videos/#2365075996 Episode 1: Foreigners in Their Own Land
https://youtu.be/5pXy7yb6O7Q Monica Muñoz Martinez – The Injustice Never Leaves You
https://youtu.be/KTleCI8D1ng Immigrant Generation
https://youtu.be/pVWcgOcvgV0 the storm that swept Mexico
https://youtu.be/1Wn2n5BeXHU Vicki Ruiz on Latina Feminist Traditions (1900-1930)
https://youtu.be/qrefEGgd_Gs lemon grove incident
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