US Imperialism in the Americas

Instructors: René Carrasco and Rebecca Kennedy de Lorenzini
Meeting time: Wednesday, 2-5
Syllabus: Canvas site

This course examines US imperialism and its cultural, economic, political, and military implications in various sites of the Americas: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Panama, Haiti, Nicaragua, Mexico, Colombia and others. We will explore questions of how expansionism contradicted and informed US ideas of democracy and freedom, and consider local and global articulations of hemispheric power relations. Starting with the nation's founding, we will consider various US imperialisms through the twentieth century. In the process, we will discuss methods used by historians and literary scholars to describe and understand the past through a wide variety of primary and secondary sources.