Monthly Archives: January 2013

Laboring Female Identities: Examinations of Mexican and Puerto Rican Familial Relations, 1840 – 1940

When speaking about the impact of U.S. labor on early twentieth-century Latinos, one must consider how labor affected Latinos differently depending on the location, time and purpose of creating a labor capital. I would like to speak about various unique locales where U.S. labor transformed, or perhaps, imposed, notions of modernity onto Latinos – Mexicans in the Southwest and Puerto Ricans on the island. These locations are special in their proximity to  two separate countries (PR and U.S./Mexico and Arizona) as well as how U.S. imperial influence transformed the family. Continue reading

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Borderlands History Blog Turns 1

On January 26, 2012, Borderlands History Blog went live. We look forward to more and better content in this next year. Thank you for reading and for your support. If you have news, announcements, or might be interested in guest blogging with us, please drop us an email at  Though our focus is on North American borderlands history, we’d love to present more from other geographic and methodological perspectives, so if you have some ideas, please drop us a line.

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Here are some highlights from our first year. If you missed commenting on one of these the first time around, please feel free to leave a comment and restart the conversation!  Continue reading

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Hippies and Indians

Hippies and Indians: The New Mexico Story

January 30, 2013 at 12 noon to 1p.m. at the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library, 6404 Hyer (formerly Hilltop) Lane & McFarlin Blvd.

A lecture by Sherry L. Smith,  Southern Methodist University Distinguished Professor of History and Associate Director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

Part of the Brown Bag Lecture Series.

Professor Smith will speak about how the Indian and “hippie” counterculture alliance  of the 1960s played out in northern New Mexico. This lecture focuses on only one part of her newly published monograph, Hippies, Indians, and the Fight  for Red Power (Oxford, 2012) which examines the role of Indians and non-Indians in  important political events of the Red Power movement, such as the Pacific Northwest Fish-ins and the Occupation of Wounded Knee, and features pop culture icons such as Marlon Brando and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Pack a brown bag lunch (not required) and join us for what promises to be a fascinating lecture by celebrated Western historian Sherry Lynn Smith!

For more information:, 214-768-3684

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CFP:Deadline Extension: World History Asso. Annual Conference Call for Papers

Happy New Year!  The WHA program committee is pleased to extend the deadline for the upcoming WHA conference at North Hennepin Community College to February 28, 2013. Please feel free to forward this Call for Papers on to other lists and interested parties. The WHA program committee is, in particular, looking forward to considering panels focused on pedagogy and /or the intersection of pedagogy and world historical research. Continue reading

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Teaching Borderlands History to Undergraduates, Part One: Framing Your Course

Teaching borderlands history to college undergraduates is no easy task. For starters, college students are used to history classes that are usually organized topically or geographically – the British Empire, the American Revolutionary Era, or, and in my humble opinion perhaps best of all, TEXAS history.

But in, all seriousness, borderlands history is different. There’s definitely a geographical element, but the field is also conceptual. But before we discuss strategies related to teaching the field to students, I think it’s equally important to discuss how borderlands historians can frame undergraduate classes. As I see it, there are many different (and equally valid) ways to do it. Here’s mine. Continue reading

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The Newberry Library Borderlands and Latino Studies Seminar, February 15, 2013: Lee Bebout and John McKiernan-Gonzalez

Lee Bebout, Arizona State University and John McKiernan-Gonzalez, University of Texas at Austin

Borderlands and Latino Studies Seminar
Friday, February 15, 2013 Continue reading
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