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Spring 2018 History UN3679 section 001
MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES
MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATEW
|Day & Time
|Instructor||Rachel G Newman|
|Course Description|| In Trump’s presidential campaign, perhaps no country loomed as large as Mexico. Trump singled out the United States’ southern neighbor and its people in his speeches, promising to build a wall along the border, to deport millions of Mexicans, and to end the North American Free Trade Agreement. He described Mexicans in racist terms, and he proclaimed his love of the taco bowl to counter charges of discrimination. Today, there is more uncertainty about the future of Mexico-U.S. relations than at any other time in living memory. |
It is critical to understand this bilateral relationship not only because it is in flux, but also because these two countries are so deeply connected. Mexican migration to the United States is the most massive flow of immigrants in modern history. No country has more consulates in another country than Mexico has in the United States. Trade between these countries is crucial for both economies. The people of these two nations constantly share and adapt each other’s cuisine, music, language, and holidays. But despite proximity and interconnection, tension and violence are also near-constant features of interactions between the two countries. How has this peculiarly close, unequal, and ambivalent relationship between Mexico and the United States in the past two hundred years? By the end of this course, you will be able to offer some answers to this thorny question.
The course is divided into 4 units, spanning from nineteenth century to the present day, although the bulk of the course focuses on the twentieth century. We will cover periods of great tension between the countries, such as the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), but we will also examine moments when friendlier relations prevailed. We will look at Mexican migration over the past 150 years. We will also note the intensity of cultural exchanges between the countries, particularly during the twentieth century, that have spanned from fine arts to fast food. Finally, we will talk about the economic ties that have long linked Mexico and the United States, including the 1994 signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
|Enrollment||15 students (18 max) as of 11:52PM Wednesday, July 18, 2018|
|Open To||Barnard, Columbia College, General Studies, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate|
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