HIST 189

Spring 2020


TR, 8:00-9:15 am

Jacksonville University

Instructor: Dr. Jesse Hingson

Class location: Gooding 110

Office location: Gooding 107 (Main Gooding Office)

Office phone: (904) 256-7215

Office hours: MW, 10 am-12 pm, TR, 9:30-10:45 am, and by appointment (ends April 16)


Instructor website:


Course Description and Topics: This course is a survey of modern Latin American history from approximately 1800 to the present.  Success in the course depends on attending classes regularly, reading all assigned materials, completing assignments on time, and participating.  This course counts toward the B.A. or B.S. degrees in History and fulfills a requirement in the core curriculum for all Bachelor’s degree-seeking students.  As a result of this course, students will be able to do the following:


Course Objectives:

·         Survey key historical figures, groups, movements, and forces relevant to the study of modern Latin American history (approximately 1800 to the present)

·         Analyze the origins of state formation in Latin America

·         Understand the creation of distinctive national identities in Latin America

·         Assess Latin America’s impact on global economic forces and how these forces have impacted the region

·         Evaluate the origins of race, class, and gender discrimination and attempts to create more egalitarian societies in Latin America

·         Explore the broad range of Latin America’s environmental problems

·         Interpret select primary source works and evaluate various scholarly interpretations of Latin America’s past

·         Develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills through the study of Latin America’s past


Attendance and Make-up Policies: First, regular attendance is required, and a sign-in sheet will be passed out on a regular basis during class.  Each student must sign her/his own name and provide some identifying information.  Any evidence of manipulation of the attendance sheet represents a university Honor Code violation and will result in judicial proceedings and automatic failure of the course.  FOUR unexcused absences are allowed during the semester; excessive absences will result in a fifty (50) point deduction for each additional absence.  Second, attendance is required on the dates that exams, quizzes, and assignments are scheduled, and failure to do so will result in a zero for that exam, quiz, and/or assignment.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide proper documentation from a doctor, university official, lawyer, or other professional in case of an unexcused absence.  A “make up” may be scheduled by appointment or at the end of the semester.  Finally, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate a withdrawal from the course within the designated withdrawal period. 


Academic Dishonesty: Students are expected to know and abide by the policy as stated in the university catalog and student handbook: “Members of the Jacksonville University community are expected to foster and uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity, which are foundations for the intellectual endeavors we engage in.  To underscore the importance of truth, honesty, and accountability, students and instructors should adhere to the following standard: I do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor do I condone the actions of those who do.  Academic misconduct occurs when a student engages in an action that is deceitful, fraudulent, or dishonest regarding any type of academic assignment that is intended to or results in an unfair academic advantage. In this context, the term ‘assignment’ refers to any type of graded or ungraded work that is submitted for evaluation for any course. Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to cheating, collusion, falsification, misrepresentation, unauthorized collaboration on assignments, copying another student’s work, using or providing unauthorized notes or materials, turning in work not produced by the individual, and plagiarism.  Furthermore, providing deceitful, fraudulent, or dishonest information during discussions of an academic manner with faculty are also examples of academic misconduct.” (Jacksonville University Academic Catalog).  Course Level Penalties: A first offense may result in a failing grade for the assignment. Second offenses may result in failure in the course.  Significantly egregious violations may result in expulsion from the university.


Assistance for Needs Related to Disability: Students with a documented disability requesting classroom accommodations or modifications, either permanent or temporary, resulting from the disability are encouraged to register with the Disability Support Services (DSS) office at the beginning of the term and/or prior (if/when possible), as accommodations are not provided retroactively.  This office is located on the third floor of the Davis Student Commons, room 336 (256-7787).  The office may also be contacted through their website (  This office will assist in recommending accommodations that eliminate barriers in academic coursework and/or guide you through the different supportive mechanisms that JU offers.


Student Behavior: Students are expected to behave according to accepted norms ensuring a climate wherein all can exercise their right to learn.  Such norms are set forth in the JU catalog.  I will not tolerate classroom behavior that violates these norms.  These include sleeping, consistently arriving late, leaving early without prior notice, rude behavior toward others, or bringing live cell phones, laptops, or other electronic devices in the classroom without prior approval.  Such behavior will be grounds for dismissal from the class, judicial proceedings, and/or failure of the course.


Textbooks (required):

1) Virginia Garrard, Peter VN Henderson, and Bryan McCann, Latin America in the Modern World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. (Garrard, et al.)

2) Nicola Foote, Sources for Latin America in the Modern World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. (Foote)


*Textbooks may be purchased at the campus bookstore, but please be aware that the bookstore ships unsold textbooks back to the publisher after 10 days.


Requirements and Grading Scale:

Response Paper 1: 50 points (10%)

Response Paper 2: 50 points (10%)

Response Paper 3: 100 points (20%)

Quizzes: 6 @ 25 points each + 1 @ 50 points=200 points (40%)

Participation: 100 points (20%)

Total: 500 points (100%)


SCALE: A=500-450; B+=449-435; B=434-400; C+=399-385; C=384-350; D+=349-335; D=334-300; F=≤299


*No grade of “I” or “Incomplete” will be given unless a documented emergency prevents you from completing the course.


1) Quizzes: Quizzes will be based on the readings and any supplemental materials, which are noted in the syllabus schedule.  Quizzes will be announced at least one class period in advance and will consist of two parts: a) brief explanations of the significance of historical events, people, and places in Latin America’s past; b) specific questions assigned from the readings and supplemental materials.  The use of notes and readings is allowed during the quiz period (30 minutes), but only materials that we cover may be used.  In addition, sharing books and notes is not permitted. 


2) Response Papers: Questions will be posed to survey reactions to readings, lectures, activities, or any other material (e.g. films and documentaries) relevant to the course. Only readings and films/documentaries that we cover may be used as evidence.  Strong responses incorporate an introductory paragraph that previews an argument/thesis or theme.  Paragraphs must be steeped in evidence to support an argument/thesis, and a thoughtful conclusion explores the larger implications of main ideas.  It is expected that all written work be carefully edited.  At any point during the semester, feel free to come in and discuss the responses.  Each response must be complete outside of class, typed, New Times Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, a minimum of 1500 words (please note word count at the top of the page), and use parenthetical references when citing. Other citation systems may be used with prior approval.  Papers submitted via e-mail will not be accepted unless approved before the due date.  Late papers will be penalized twenty-five (25) points for each 24-hour period it is late (starting the minute after the class session it is due).  Rules against plagiarism will apply especially to this assignment, and programs (e.g., will be utilized to check for plagiarism.  If time permits, reviews will be provided in class.  To give you an idea of how the response paper will be assessed, a grading rubric and sample essay are provided.


Re-Write Policy: The grade for only one Response Paper may be improved by a maximum of ten (10) points.  Instructor’s comments and suggestions must be incorporated from the exam’s original first draft, which must be turned in with the “Re-Write”.  No corrected papers will be accepted either before or after the due date and time listed in the schedule and without the original attached.  The Re-Write must also be typed.


3) Participation: Participation will also be assessed by how well the readings are discussed, the quality of questions asked, and general contributions to the intellectual climate of the class.  Additional quizzes, in-class exercises, and homework assignments may be given and be counted toward the participation grade.  The expectations are that class meetings will be regularly attended and that all readings and assignments will be discussed.  Participation may also be assessed by assistance to the instructor, and this may include attending public events related to the course material, creating class handouts, Power Point presentations, web pages, discussion questions, lists of additional bibliographical and/or internet resources (including music, photographs, documentaries, and films), summaries of current events and news stories, or any other materials that will help us understand what we are reading and/or viewing.  Each contribution will be weighed differently depending on the quantity of the material, and no make-up work will be given.


SCHEDULE: Instructor reserves the right to change the schedule if necessary.



Topics, Supplemental Materials, and Important Tasks

January 7


·          Introductions and Syllabus (Contracts and Contact Information

Due Next Class Period)

January 7, 9

Garrard, et al., chap. 1;

Foote, chap. 1

Why did countries throughout Latin America declare their independence?

·          Listen/Read: Not Even Past: Atlantic Slave Trade to the Americas

·          Listen/Read: Not Even Past: The Haitian Revolution

·          Listen/Read: Not Even Past: Simón Bolívar

January 14, 16

Garrard, et al., chaps. 2-3; Foote, chap. 2-3

How did elites create Latin America’s first nations?

·          Listen/Read: Not Even Past: The Mexican American War

January 21, 23, 28, 30

Garrard, et al., chap. 4;

Foote, chap. 4

How did ordinary people influence the formation of Latin America’s first nations?

·          Watch: Cuba in the Raw: A Story of Sugar

·          Read: Jesse Hingson, Love and Authority in Argentina (19th Century)

January 30



February 4



February 4, 6

Garrard, et al., chap. 5;

Foote, chap.

Why did Latin America’s elites prefer authoritarian capitalism by the end of the nineteenth century?

·          Listen/Read: Not Even Past: Eugenics

February 11, 13

Garrard, et al., chap. 6;

Foote, chap. 6

How did the United States dominate Latin America by 1900?

·          Watch: Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War

·          Read: Guardian Report on Fordlandia

February 18, 20, 25

Garrard, et al., chap. 7;

Foote, chap. 7

Why were some Latin American countries in upheaval by the early twentieth century?

·          Watch: The Storm That Swept Mexico: The Mexican Revolution

·          Listen/Read: BackStory Radio: Border Patrols

·          Listen/Read: Not Even Past: Mexican Migration to the US

February 27



March 3



March 3, 5

Garrard, et al., chap. 8-9;

Foote, chap. 8-9

How did populists come to rule many Latin American countries?

·          Read: Smithsonian Magazine: A Brief History of Rumba

·          Listen/Read: Not Even Past: Tango and Samba

·          Listen/Read: Not Even Past: Developing the Amazon

·          Listen/Read: Not Even Past: Brazil's Teatro Negro

March 10, 12



March 17, 19

Garrard, et al., chap. 10;

Foote, chap. 10

Why did some Latin American countries choose revolution during the mid-twentieth century?

·          Read: Smithsonian Magazine: The Mob and Cuba

·          Watch: PBS Documentary on the Cuban Revolution

·          Read: The Atlantic Article on Myths about the Cuban Missile Crisis




March 26, 31, April 2

Garrard, et al., chaps. 11-12;

Foote, chaps. 11-12

Why did some Latin America countries experience dictatorships during the Cold War?

·          Watch: Retro Report: Victor Jara

·          Watch: Retro Report: Where is My Grandchild?

·          Watch: Retro Report: A Search for Justice

·          Watch: Retro Report: El Mozote Massacre

·          Watch: State of Fear: Peru’s War on Terror, 1980-2000

April 7, 9

Garrard, et al., chaps. 13-14;

Foote, chaps. 13-14

What deeper historical problems explain the current conflicts in Latin America?

·        Read: Guardian Report on Protest Movements in Latin America

·        Read: New York Times article on Bolsonaro and Indigenous Lands

April 14



April 16



April 21

8-11 am


·          RE-WRITE DUE (Original must be attached)

·          MAKE-UP DAY (Documentation must be submitted beforehand)

·          COURSE ASSESSMENT (25 points will count toward participation grade)

·          RESPONSE PAPER #3 DUE








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