History/La Raza 127
First Exam Essay Topics (Spring 2014)
This is your first essay exam. Please be sure to take advantage of office hours and the college’s writing center. You are also encouraged to create study groups. Your essay exam needs to be at least 5 full pages, include 5 to 7 small quotes, and make direct references to the readings. You will need to print and fill out the “Essay Check List/Questionnaire” as well as follow the “Response Paper Template” (available in our class’ website). On-time rough draft = 1 pt, on-time complete essay = 9 pts. 10 points total. Essay exams are worth 60% of overall semester grade (two essay exams total).
Using Rodolfo Acuña’s Occupied America and Juan Gonzalez’s Harvest of Empire, discuss the U.S.-Mexico War and the Spanish-America war and their aftermath. Discuss the nineteenth and early twentieth century incorporation of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans into US society, politics, and the economy. Remember that both Acuña and Gonzalez put economic and material interests at the center of their historical narrative. In your essay you should discuss the events that led to the U.S.-Mexico War, the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and life for Mexicans in what became the U.S. Southwest. Although this essay is primarily about Mexicans in the U.S., you should also make references to Puerto Ricans, as they both shared a similar colonial experience. Be sure to discuss the Spanish-American war, as well as the terms of both the Foraker Act and Jones Act. Discuss how Mexican American and Puerto Rican social characteristics affected their social, economic and political incorporation. Be sure to consider issues surrounding racialization, land ownership, citizenship, and economic exploitation. You need to cite both Juan Gonzalez and Rodolfo Acuña. Do not include outside sources.
You must include and define the following terms/concepts: Colonization/double colonization, capitalism, Manifest Destiny, U.S.-Mexico War, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, race and racialization, whiteness, citizenship, political control, resistance, Spanish-American War, Foraker Act, Jones Act.
From the syllabus:
1) Two Essay Exams (60%): Students will have two take-home exams in the form of essays. There will be a handout for each essay with the topic and expectations. Essay exams should be at least 5 full pages, 12 point font, Times New Roman, 1 inch margin, double spaced. You must include one or two small quote per paragraph with page numbers from the readings. Your quotes should not be longer than 3 lines. Each essay needs to include a rough draft (worth 1 point) as well as an essay checklist/questionnaire. Any late or incomplete essays will lose 3 points for lateness (out of 10 points possible). You have until the next class to turn in late essays. In case of absence or tardiness, make sure to email your essay the day it’s due before class time. Final Draft= 9 points, Rough Draft with checklist/questionnaire= 1 point. 10 points total.