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Nationalism in Modern Latin American History

Assignment:  Students will be responsible for teaching ½ a class about the development of nationalism in a particular Latin American country during the nineteenth, twentieth, or twenty-first centuries.  Students must pick a specific time period and a country to cover.  They may also cover two different time periods, comparing and contrasting two different types of nationalism within one nation.

Due Date: Friday, December 2 (Outline); Monday, December 5 (Presentation and Visual)

Parts of the Assignment:

  1. A paper on nationalism in your particular country, with internal citations and a bibliography in Turabian Style.  A good way to organize your outline would be into historical categories such as:  social, political, economic, religious, and cultural. (50 points)
  2. A presentation to the class on your particular country- the presentation should take about half of the class period and can include some activities and readings (50 points)
  3. Visual/Presentation aids- PowerPoints, maps, pictures, posters, exhibits or artifacts (50 points)
  4. Readings from outside articles for the class to do before your presentation. (10 points)  You must have all articles turned in by Wednesday, November 16 so that I can make copies for the class!

Questions to consider:

  • What did it mean to be a member of this nation during this time period?  For example, what did it mean to be Cuban in Castro’s revolutionary Cuba?
  • Did the definition of a Cuban/Puerto Rican/Brazilian/etc. include certain members of society and leave out others?  You may look at women/men as well as various ethnic and racial groups? (SOCIAL)
  • Did the definition celebrate diversity or did it try to create a mixed nationality that was inclusive of all members of society?  In other words, did it play up the idea of “la raza” or a mestizo nation, or did it focus on one dominant group within the society as representative of the entire society? (CULTURAL/SOCIAL)
  • Who was able to define what it meant to be that nationality?  The elite, the people, the government?
  • How did the people who defined your particular nationality try to spread their version of your particular nationality, for example:
    1. Did they work within schools?
    2. Did they use the radio, television, newspapers or other media?
    3. Did they use art and culture? (CULTURAL)
    4. Did they use speeches and political propaganda? (POLITICAL)
  • Was the creation of this particular nationality a positive force or negative force overall for people within the nation?
    1. For whom and in what ways was it a positive force?
    2. For whom and in what ways was it a negative force?
  • What type of economy did this particular nation support or propose (e.g. socialist/capitalist)? (ECONOMIC)

Possible Countries

  • Cuba
  • Puerto Rico
  • Nicaragua
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Guatemala

Part I:  Presentation (50 points)

     A: Content and Historical Accuracy (20)

Do you answer: WHO, WHAT , WHERE, WHEN and WHY?  Do you give interesting specific details on your topic?

B:  Is it clearly articulated and practiced:  Do you deliver your presentation in an articulate and practiced manner?  Do you speak clearly and make eye contact?  Do you present rather than read your information? (10)

C:  Organization and preparation – Is your presentation well organized and useful as we follow it and take notes?  Was your outline turned in on time?  Did you spend the necessary time preparing and organizing your presentation? (10)

D:  Creativity – Do you present the people, ideas and events in an engaging and creative manner?  Do you stick your neck out and avoid just reading your outline? (10)

Part II:  Exhibit (50 pts)

A:  Content. Do you include visuals, video/auditory sources, maps, and any other relevant sources to give a clear picture of your topic and allow the viewer to gain a better understanding of it? (30)

B:  Preparation.  Did you spend time to create a neat, unified exhibit that has a central theme or idea?  Is the theme or idea made clear by captions, etc? (10)

C:  Creativity.  Do you present the topic in an interesting and engaging way?  Does the exhibit create interest by using a variety of materials and eye-catching objects, pictures, or interesting captions? (10)

Part III: Outline/Paper (50 pts)

      Class Readings/Questions (10 pts.)

      Bibliography (10 pts.)