Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2017

ETHSTD 190 | CCN: 44635

"OCCUPIED AMERICA: Chicanx Oppression & Resistance from Colonization to Trump"

Chris Zepeda-Millan,

4 Units


Donald Trump’s demonization and criminalization of Mexicans is not a new phenomenon in American history. But to understand his detestation of U.S.- and foreign-born people of Mexican descent—and why millions of Americans agree with and support him—one must understand the history of Chicano oppression and resistance in what historian Rudy Acuña refers to as, “Occupied America.” Using Donald Trump’s successful anti-Mexican presidential campaign as its starting point, this reading intensive seminar focuses on the pivotal years between 1848-1968 to exam various forms of Chicano oppression—including, Colonization, Lynching, Segregation, Labor Exploitation, Racist Courts, Police Brutality, and FBI Repression­—and resistance—from Law Suits and Electoral Politics, to Riots and Street Protests.