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Brief History of Latinos in the United States  

This course provides a broad overview of the history of Latin American peoples in the United States. The first session covers the creation of Mexican-American, Cuban-American and Puerto Rican communities in the 19th and early 20th century and the second session focuses on the post-1965 period as a way of explaining how South Americans, Central Americans and other groups have further diversified the Latino population of the United States. We will consider how race, immigration politics, popular culture, foreign policy and other factors have shaped the experiences of Latinos. Andrew Gomez is assistant professor of history at UPS. His research focuses on transnationalism, race, the history of Latinos in the United States, and digital history. His writing has appeared in the Journal of American Ethnic History, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, Cuban Counterpoints, and InterActions.