Sociology 31 Mexican American
Term Paper Assignment
The issues that you should consider for this paper are those that have affected the social development of the Mexican American/ Chicano population in the U.S. after 1848. This paper could focus on a number of different areas, such as labor issues, mutual aid socities, music and culture, educational issues, segregation, poverty, health care, racism and discriminayion, political participation, Cesar Chavez
and the farm workers, Chicanos and the justice system, street gangs, the Zoot Suit Riots, the Chicano movement, the Chicano moratorium, Chicana feminism, etc. As you can see there are many choices you can make as the subject of the paper. Before you start you should make sure that you can find enough ACADEMIC SOURCES of information on your topic. If you can't find enough sources on the subject you are interested in you should consider choosing a different topic
Research- To do this paper you will need to go to the library and find at least four or more academic sources of information (scholarly books and journal articles) on your topic. The Chicano! textbook that is on reserve in the library can be one of your sources. There are several library databases that have journal articles on Mexican American/ Chicano topics. Before you start I will need you to send me an e-mail with your topic and a list of the four sources you plan to use so that I can approve it. Remember that websites, such as Wikipedia and on-line encyclopedias ARE NOT ACADEMIC sources and are not valid for use in any type of scholarly paper.
All of your sources need to be incorporated into your paper and properly cited using the APA style guide that will be handed out. This guide will provide examples of the correct way to cite of your sources. Do not plagiarize. This paper needs to be at least five pages long, typed and double spaced.
IMPORTANT! Before you start I will need you to send me an e-mail with your topic and a list of the four sources you plan to use so that I can approve it. (please do it right away as soon as you can) Latest by June 1th,2012 midnight.
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Chavez, E. (2002). "Mi Raza Primero!" (My People First!): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966-1978. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Gonzales, M.G.(2000). Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.
Rosales, F.A. (1997). Chicano! History of the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement. Houston, TX: Arte Publico.
Lopez, I.F. (2004). Racism on Trial. Cambridge: Harvard University Press
Garcia, I.M. (1997), Constructing the Chicano Movement: Synthesis of a Militant Ethos
Munoz, J.C. (1989), Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement (Haymarket Series on North American Politics and Culture)
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