Work, Identity, and Class in Latino New York
Issues such as poverty, national identity, and the “invisibility” of Latinos will be the focus of this seminar on the history of the Latino working class in New York City from 1920 to 1980. In a workshop format, students will study current research on the topic and learn about the challenges involved in conducting historical research. Topics such as analyzing census data and relating abstract concepts and cause/effect arguments to empirical materials will be discussed. Students will read archival documents, newspaper and magazine articles, and oral histories in order to discover how these sources are used in the research process.