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This is a visual, geographic representation of Winter 2019's course: History 275: History of the US/Mexico Border at Carleton College. 

What makes a border? How do borders affect the people who live along or between them? What tools can we use to tell the story of a land divided, and what would we miss if we only stayed on one side of this border? This is an interdisciplinary history course that explores the social, geographical, and political lives of the US-Mexican border from its origins before either the US or Mexican nations existed to the turmoil of the present day. We will look at the ways people, places and governments have shaped and contested La Linea as well the ways that La Linea has influenced scholarly approaches to nations, identity, and citizenship. Students will learn about borderlands studies, environmental history, mapping for historical and social analysis, as well as archival research and narrative creation.