Taught by: Nora Salas – This course analyzes the history of people of Mexican descent in relationship to the development of the United States from 1897 to 1980. People of Mexican descent in the United States have been known by many names during the 20th century including Mexican Americans, Chicanos, Hispanics, Latinos and more. The identities that were imposed upon and claimed by this group have changed over time, but what has not is the dialectical, or mutually constitutive, relationship between Mexicans and the United States. The economic, political, social and cultural conditions in the United States affected the experiences of its Mexican residents. At the same time how people of Mexican descent resisted and accommodated these experiences shaped the U.S. national project and the lives of every American. In this way Mexicans in the U.S. redefined both themselves and the United States over the course of the 20th century.