Course Schedule

Read in preparation for our first class session: Anthony Grafton & James Grossman, “Habits of Mind” The American Scholar (Winter 2015)


Week 1: Introductions


 

Wednesday
21 August

Introductions & Setting the Stage

Digital History Setup:

    • Before class on Monday, sign up for a Voices blogging account. Remember to change your user name to your first name and final initial to protect your privacy.  More Voices tips here.
    • Sign up on Moodle for your day to write our Class Notes.
    • Sign up on Moodle for your book presentation.  First come, first served!

Week 2: Old Worlds


Monday
26 August

Africa & Iberia in 1491

*Colonial LA Map Quiz Handout FA2019 and Blank Map of Latin America

Work to complete before today’s class:

Wednesday
28 August

European Ideas of the “Other”

Work to complete before today’s class:


Week 3: New Worlds


Monday
2 September

Environment & History

*Map Quiz at the beginning of class*

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

Wednesday
4 September

Mesoamerica before 1492

**First Reports Essay Guidelines**

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:


Week 4: New Worlds part 2


Monday
9 September

South American Empires

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

Wednesday
11 September

Brazil & the Caribbean

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Brazil & the Caribbean
  • LA&P “The Diversity of American Peoples” 51-55
  • Elisabeth Rosenthal.  “An Ancient Society Faces New Change in Brazil.”  New York Times Audio Slideshow. 25 July 2009. NOTE: this video requires flash.  I will show it again in class if you aren’t able to view it.
  • Dr. Lawrence Waldron, “Society & Subsistence” & “Art & IconographyAncient Antilles. NOTE: I just updated the links.
  • Blog Post: Identify two one potential research questions you’d like to investigate, explaining why they are important to better understand Colonial Latin America.  At this stage, this can be fairly broad – the goal is to start a conversation that will help you design a question that is meaningful to you AND well-supported with sources.  Categorize your post “Research”.

Week 5: Early Colonial Perspectives


Monday
16 September

First Reports

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP First Reports
  • LA&P “The European Conquest of America” 64-76
  • Marsielle Meléndez “Visualizing Difference: The Rhetoric of Clothing in Colonial Spanish America” (arp)
  • “There Can Easily Be Stamped Upon Them Whatever Belief We Wish to Give Them” (arp)
Wednesday
18 September

Early Colonial Perspectives

Guest Presentation:Earlham’s Border Studies Program

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • Early Colonial Perspectives HAP
  • Pat Seed, “The Requirement: A Protocol for Conquest” (arp)
  • Arnold J. Bauer, “Contact Goods” from Goods, Power, History: Latin America’s Material Culture (arp)
  • V&V, “States in Conflict” 10-23
Wednesday
18 Sept.
7pm

 

Documentary: Undeterred

Gault Recital Hall – Scheide  7pm

https://vimeo.com/283563848

Friday
20 September

First Reports Essay Due

  • Upload pdf to Moodle by 10 am.

Week 6: Two Visions of Conquest


Monday
23 September

Two Visions of Conquest

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

Wednesday
25 September

Tenochtitlán & Its Fall

**Midterm Review Handout**

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Tenochtitlán & Its Fall
  • V&V: “Things Fall Apart” to “The Siege” 138-198
  • Library of Congress, The Conquest of Mexico Paintings
  • Blog Post: Describe your revised/narrowed research idea, and explain why it is significant.  Include a list of at least one primary source, and 4-6 relevant (recent) secondary sources that you hope to incorporate.  Tag your post “Research.”

Week 7: Colonial Identities


Monday
30 September

Fall of Tenochtitlán: Political, Social, & Environmental Consequences

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Consequences
  • Alfred Crosby, “The Columbian ExchangeHistory Now (June 2007)
  • Historia Naturae (1635) Interactive (pick a section of interest to you to read and comment on in class – click “Explore”, pick a page, and then “Translate”)
  • V&V “Aftermath” 199-230
  • Before today’s class, comment on at least three classmates’ research blog posts.  Do you have questions that might help them refine their ideas?  Readings they should consider?  Other specific, helpful feedback?
Wednesday
2 October

Midterm Exam


Fall Break



Week 8: Colonial Institutions


Monday
14 October

Colonial Institutions

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Colonial Institutions
  • LA&P “Building a Colonial Society” to “Conclusion” 77-95
  • “Two Images from the Codex Osuna” (arp)
  • “An encomendero’s establishment” & “An encomendero’s opinions” (arp)
  • Richard Kagan “Projecting Order” (arp)
Wednesday
16 October

Conversion & Evangelization

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

Friday
18 October

Research Prospectus Due

  • Upload your Research Prospectus to Moodle by 10am.

Weeks 9: Formulating New Societies


Monday
21 October

Debates over the Fates of Indigenous Peoples

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

Wednesday
23 October

Colonial Economics

Student Book Presentation:

  • Matt: Kris Lane. Potosí: The Silver City That Changed the World (Berkeley: U California P, 2019)

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Colonial Economics
  • LA&P: ch 4 “The Iberian’s New World” 96-125
  • Peter Bakewell, “Mining Mountains” (arp)
  • LA&P Readings: Section 3 “Fact Finding for the King”

Week 10: Colonial Economics


Monday
28 October

Indians & Ladinos

**Research Project Storyboard Due by Noon**

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Indians & Ladinos
  • LA&P: “The Amerindians’ Changing World” 126-154
  • LA&P Readings: Section 4 “Native Communities in the Spanish Empire”
Wednesday
30 October

Pirates & Privateering

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Pirates & Privateering
  • LA&P Readings: Section 8 “Pirates and Contraband”
  • Marcus Rediker “The Seaman as Pirate” (arp)
  • Peer Review of your two assigned storyboards.

Week 11: Hierarchies of Race & Gender


Monday
4 November

Plantation Slavery

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Plantation Slavery
  • LA&P: “A New People & Their World” 155-185
  • LA&P Readings: Section 6 “Slavery in Colonial Brazil”
  • Slave Revolution “The Documents Part 1: The French Caribbean in the Eighteenth Century”
Wednesday
6 November

Gender & Racial Hierarchies

**(optional) last day to submit your revised storyboard and revisions memo to me for feedback**

Student Book Presentation:

  • Luca: Sonya Lipsett-Rivera.  The Origins of Macho: Men and Masculinity in Colonial Mexico (Albuquerque: U New Mexico P, 2019)

Work to complete before today’s class:


Week 12: Bourbon Reforms


Monday
11 November

Bourbon Reforms

Student Book Presentation:

  • Rachel: Mark W. Lentz.  Murder in Mérida, 1792: Violence, Factions, and the Law (Albuquerque: U New Mexico P, 2018)

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Bourbon Reforms
  • LA&P: “The Shifting Fortunes of Colonial Empires” 186-215
  • Pedro de Ayarza (arp)
  • Juan Barbarín (arp)
Wednesday
13 November

Audio Slideshow Workshop

**Meeting in McCoy Computer Lab, Andrews Library LL1**

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • Come to the workshop with an audio file of your script (mp3), images (jpg or png format), and any additional music or sound effects you plan to incorporate.  Save these files on your OneDrive.  

Week 13: The Haitian Revolution


Monday
18 November

Haiti & The Revolution

Student Book Presentation:

  • Aleks: Stewart R. King.  Blue Coat or Powdered Wig: Free People of Color in Pre-Revolutionary Saint Domingue (Athens: U Georgia P, 2001)

Work to complete before today’s class:

Wednesday
20 November

The Haitian Revolution: Emancipation

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • Slave Revolution: Documents part 3 “From Slave Revolution to Emancipation”; from the War & Independence section “The Haitian Declaration of Independence” & “The Haitian Constitution”
  • Blog Post By Tuesday night (11/19): Post a thoughtful historical discussion question – and your answer, supported by the primary source documents – to our course blog.  (note: no HAP sheet for today)
Friday
22 November

Audio Slideshows Due

  • Post abstract and YouTube url (web link) to Moodle by 10am.  Make sure that your video is “private” or “public.”

Week 14: Enlightenment Latin America


Monday
25 November

Enlightenment Latin America

**Final Exam Review Sheet**

Student Book Presentation:

  • Miki: Pablo F. Gómez. The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2017)

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Enlightenment Latin America
  • Robin Blackburn, “Haiti, Slavery, and the Age of the Democratic Revolution” (arp)
  • LA&P Readings: Section 11 “The Enlightenment Comes to Latin America”
Wednesday
27 November

No Class – Thanksgiving Break


Week 15: Race & Nation


Monday
2 December

Fall of the Monarchies & Colonial Responses

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Fall of the Monarchies
  • LA&P: “The New Nations of Latin America” 216-241
  • Simón Bolívar “The Jamaica Letter” (arp)
  • LA&P Reading: Section 12 “Mexican Independence”
Wednesday
4 December

Race & Nation in 19th C Latin America

**Course Evaluations: Please bring your laptop or other device to class**

Student Book Presentation:

Work to complete before today’s class:

  • HAP Race & Nation
  • Emilia Viotti da Costa “Politics and Society in Brazilian Independence” (arp)
  • Aline Helg, “Simón Bolivar and the Specter of Pardocracia,” Journal of Latin American Studies (2003) (arp)

Final Exam: Monday, December 9 at 3pm