This course will examine the treatment of people monetarily improverished by public and private institutions from the colonial period to the modern ear. Changing theories, practices, and attitudes about the poor and about poverty are the focus of study. Of central concern to this course is the response of poor peoples to these policies and the ways in which they resisted and organized. Each student will write a major (20 page) research paper for the course. This course will alternate between a United States history course and a Latin America Caribbean history course.