Latinas working in Los Angeles sweatshop
Latino Revolutionary
Movements in the U.S.

Fall Semester


Dr. Antonio de la Cova

Office: Sycamore Hall 039
Phone: 855-4745

COURSE OBJECTIVES: An analysis of Latino revolutionary movements in the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth century. The U.S. has been a base for acquiring funds, weapons, volunteers, and political support for independence and revolutionary movements in Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Central America. The Federal government at times has suppressed or aided these movements. The American newsmedia likewise has supported or denounced these groups, who have also relied on their own propaganda. During the 1960s and 1970s some Latinos adopted the militant strategies initiated by the Black Panthers and other radical African American groups. They formed the Chicano Movement and the Brown Berets, the Puerto Rican Young Lords and FALN, and Cuban exile clandestine groups. In recent decades, the Sandinistas, Salvadoran FMLN, and Zapatistas had strong support networks in the U.S. The FBI established COINTELPRO to neutralize their activities.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: In order to maximize student learning, there will be Power-Point lectures, video analysis, and readings that require taking notes. Students are expected to use logical arguments sustained with evidence in class discussions and to improve their reading, writing, analytical, and speaking skills. The
IU Writing Tutorial Services can provide Discipline- and Course-Specific Tutoring if needed, which includes appropriate citation styles.

Students are also expected to check the course website on Oncourse on a regular basis, as important announcements, writing assignments, exam reviews, grades, and other items will be posted there. To access Oncourse, go to: Then log in with your IU network ID and password, and click on the L301 course line to enter the page.

READINGS: You are expected to read the assigned text and OTHER READINGS assigned weekly through E-Reserves. Select the Latino Studies Department and my name as instructor and use your contract password for access to the readings. Questions regarding the text and articles will appear on the exams. Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings.  The required text is:


Class Participation and Attendance - (10% of final grade):  This is a crucial element in this course. We will spend much of our time discussing the ideas raised in the readings. The key criteria for assessing class participation are the amount and regularity of contributions and the degree to which contributions are thoughtful, informed, constructive and relevant.  Additionaly, supplemental information will be presented and discussed in class.  These materials will be included on the midterm and final exams.  Attendance also figures into this portion of the grade.

Essay papers - You will be expected to write three (500 word) papers over the course of the term. Each paper is worth 15% of final grade. These papers will be focused on a specific question and are designed to measure your ability to both comprehend basic course concepts and apply those concepts in unique and challenging ways. These papers should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman, with one inch margins.  Please observe common rules of grammar and argumentation. Questions/topics will be posted to Oncourse in advance.  Points will be deducted from late papers.

Midterm Exam - (20% of final grade): This will be an exam that will test your mastery of course material and your ability to apply course concepts.

Final Exam - (25% of final grade): The final will be comprehensive.

The exams will cover material from the readings, lectures and presentations.

(100-92=A), (91.9-90=A-), (89.9-88=B+), (87.9-82=B), (81.9-80= B-), (79.9-78=C+), (77.9-72=C), (71.9-70=C-), (69.9-68=D+), (67.9-62=D), (61.9-60=D-), (Below 59.9= F).

MAKE-UP EXAMS: It will only be given if you have a valid physician's excuse or a verified family emergency. Makeups are different and considerably more difficult than the regularly scheduled test.

MISCONDUCT: Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with according to the  IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Please contact me the first week of classes if you have special learning needs. The  IU Adaptive Technology Center can also assist you.


Week 1:  Introduction and Overview
Monday, August 30
Wednesday, September 1


Week 2:  The 19th century Cuban and Puerto Rican Independence Movements in the U.S.
Monday, September 6
Wednesday, September 8


Week 3: The Flores Magon Brothers and Mexican Anarchism in the Southwest.
Monday, September 13
Wednesday, September 15


Week 4: Madero's Mexican Revolutionary Junta of San Antonio and the 1915 Plan of San Diego
Monday, September 20
Wednesday, September 22


Week 5:  Sandino and the Anti-Imperialist League of New York
Monday, September 27
Wednesday, September  29 First paper due


Week 6:  Puerto Rican Nationalists and the attack on Truman and the U.S. Congress
Monday, October  4
Wednesday, October 6


Week  7: The Dominican Liberation Party in N.Y. and the Galindez Incident
Monday, October  11
Wednesday, October 13


Week 8: The Cuban anti-Batista Struggle in the U.S.
Monday, October 18
Wednesday, October 20  MIDTERM EXAM


Week 9: The Bay of Pigs and Operation MONGOOSE
Monday, October 25
Wednesday, October 27


Week 10:  The Cuban Nationalist Movement and Omega 7
Monday, November 1
Wednesday, November 3 Second paper due


Week 11:  The Chicano Movement
Monday November 8
Wednesday November 10


Week 12:  The Brown Berets and Reies Tijerina
Monday, November 15
Wednesday, November 17


Week 13:  The Puerto Rican Young Lords and the FALN
Monday, November 22
Wednesday, November 24 THANKSGIVING RECESS


Week 14:  CISPES and Sandalistas
Monday, November 29
Wednesday, December 1


Week 15:  The Zapatista Network
Monday, December 6
Wednesday, December 8 Third paper due



The preceeding schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.