This research seminar examines the history of Latin America-U.S. relations. The first half of the semester we will read a number of historical works. The assigned texts are designed both to provide a broad overview of the history of Latin America-U.S. relations and introduce students to a variety of approaches to writing the history of what is often referred to as United States imperialism. The class will focus on a series of United States interventions in Latin America over the last two centuries, from the Mexican-American War, also known as the War of the U.S. Invasion in Mexico, to the occupation of Cuba, the CIA role in the overthrow of democratic governments in Guatemala (1954) and Chile (1973), and the US- sponsored counter-insurgencies in Central America during the 1980s.
During the the second half of the semester, students will work on a twenty-page research paper based on research in original primary sources on a theme related to the course, developed in consultation with the professor.
The final grade will be composed of a grade for reading and participation in class discussions (50%) and a grade for the final paper (50%).