H470 | Modern Latin American History Honors

Course Description

With a combined population of over 600 million and an annual economic output of nearly $6 trillion, Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the fastest growing regions of our planet. To better understand this region is to better understand the world and Cambridge. In this course, students will begin with a historical analysis of indigenous cultures and history, as well as the legacy of European colonization and enslavement of Africans in the Americas. We will also learn about the various independence movements, with particular focus on Haiti, South America, and Cuba, as well as the impact of American imperialism in the region. Finally, we will look at the impact of the Cold War and trade policies, before taking a look at the present of the Americas and Caribbean. We will also consider the dialogue, or lack thereof, between the American Latinx community and the people of Latin America. The class, which will be modeled after college seminar courses, will include extensive reading (of historical non-fiction, as well as literature, music, film, etc.), writing (including weekly reflection papers and longer research papers), and projects (art research and creation, simulations, etc).
State ID#: 04065
Department: History and Social Science
Grade Level:11, 12
Credits: 10.0
Alternate Credits:
Class Type: CORE Academic
Pre/Co-Requisites: Critical Issues in US History or AP US History.

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Dates & Announcements
Class of 2025 Gr. 11 Course Selection is Monday, February 26, 2024 through Sunday March 3rd