Students must complete one essay highlighting two different views on a historical debate. The essay length should be 350-600 words. Students must incorporate unit terms and/or concepts where possi

  • Students must complete one essay highlighting two different views on a historical debate.
  • The essay length should be 350-600 words.  
  • Students must incorporate unit terms and/or concepts where possible.
  • Students must reference the two required sources AND an additional two sources appropriately related to the historical debate. 
  • Students should clarify the evidence supporting their essay.  You may embed source details by specifying the author and/or title of the source.  Does your author question the quality of the sources they are using or do they present all source information as 100% factual.  Did you find any of the evidence questionable; why?
  • Students must type and submit their essay responses, then load the completed file to blackboard by the the due date/time.
  • While you do not need to include a title page, students should include their name, the course, and title of work in the header of their document.
  • All four sources should be cited in Chicago Style format at the bottom of the essay.
  • Please use appropriate college language, spelling, writing structure, etc.
  • Font? 12 pt.  As far as font type is concerned, just make sure it is legible so I don’t strain my eyes.
  • Both spell-check, then proofread your work.


These two sources are required.

Locate the following two sources in JSTOR.  Read them in the order listed.

  • Johnson, Benjamin H. “The Cosmic Race in Texas: Racial Fusion, White Supremacy, and Civil Rights Politics.” The Journal of American History 98, no. 2 (2011): 404-19.
  • Guglielmo, Thomas A. “Fighting for Caucasian Rights: Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and the Transnational Struggle for Civil Rights in World War II Texas.” The Journal of American History92, no. 4 (2006): 1212-237. doi:10.2307/4485889.


Students should explore additional sources.  You may want to evaluate primary sources to check the quality of the research presented by Johnson & Guglielmo.  You may want to consider alternate viewpoints.  You may want to consider contemporary relevance.  You must include two additional sources to support your evaluation of Johnson & Guglielmo.   Copy and past links into the browser.

The following sources could be useful:

  • Vasconccelos:
  • Cantrell, Gregg. “”Our Very Pronounced Theory of Equal Rights to All”: Race, Citizenship, and Populism in the South Texas Borderlands.” The Journal of American History 100, no. 3 (2013): 663-90.
  • Video Clip:
  • Benjamin Marquez. 1989. “The Politics of Race and Assimilation: The League of United Latin American Citizens 1929-40.” The Western Political Quarterly 42 (2): 355. doi:10.2307/448359.
    • find in JSTOR
  • Murata, Katsuyuki. 2001. “The (Re)Shaping of Latino/Chicano Ethnicity through the Inclusion/Exclusion of Undocumented Immigrants: The Case of LULAC’s Ethno-Politics.” American Studies International 39 (2): 4.
    • Link:
  • Laura J. Torres-Rodríguez. “Orientalizing Mexico: Estudios Indostánicos and the Place of India in José Vasconcelos’s La Raza Cósmica,” no. 1 (2015): 77. doi:10.1353/rhm.2015.0007.
    • Link:
  • Wade, Peter. “Rethinking “Mestizaje”: Ideology and Lived Experience.” Journal of Latin American Studies 37, no. 2 (2005): 239-57. 
  • Poem:

*You are welcome to choose other sources.

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