Why and how has “the Indian” shaped Latin American history in the twentieth century?

(2) Sources

A majority of your paper should utilize the sources and readings on the syllabus. If you find it necessary to use a source from outside the course, that is permissible, but it should secondary and supplementary to your paper. Power point presentations, videos, and photo images can be used as well (there was a power point presentation posted into Week 4 Documents on Blackboard that has been underutilized in papers). All papers must follow the Chicago-style citation format for footnotes.

(3) Global Dimension

The readings from the last two weeks of class do not explicitly address indigenous communities, but are very much focused on questions of race and ethnicity from a global or transnational perspective. Review the prompt for the final paper on Blackboard and make sure to utilize the readings from the last two weeks for the final part of your paper. It will be expected that you find the ways to transition your paper from discussing issues of race and ethnicity pertaining to indigenous communities to discussing issues of race and ethnicity more broadly in Latin America (the Andes and/or Mexico). Despite this slight disjunction, the central issue of race and ethnicity in the process of constructing national identities should remain a constant point of focus for your paper.

The syllabus is included in the attachments along with the readings.

Here are the final instructions

Final Paper Assignment

Over the past Summer Session 1, we have read, interpreted, discussed, and wrote about several foundational aspects of Latin American history. The question of race and ethnicity has been a reoccurring theme throughout the past five weeks. Multiple countries of the region share a history of state-led programs, grassroots movements, and society-wide debates surrounding the role of race and ethnicity within the complex process of nation making.

For your final paper, address the following question: Why and how has “the Indian” shaped Latin American history in the twentieth century? As part of addressing this overarching question, identify and describe how these issues have changed and shifted over the past one-hundred years. Economic, political, and cultural aspects of this history should be analyzed and discussed in your paper. You may choose to write about one country (ex. Mexico), one region (the Andes), or all of the countries we have covered for this summer session. The final part of your paper should move beyond the role of Indian/indigenous communities to interpret race and ethnicity from a transnational perspective.

A high quality paper contains the following characteristics:

(1) Demonstration of a critical engagement with the assigned reading from the course syllabus

(2) A coherent organization and structure

(3) A clear thesis supported by evidence and sources that are properly cited (please use footnotes that correspond to Chicago-style formattinghttp://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html)

(4) Correctly identifies changes and continuities over time

(5) Proper grammar

The paper should be at least seven pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman.

Students can utilize a helpful guide to writing historical essays that Rutgers University published for undergraduate students.

The link for guide can be found below:



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