Compare settler colonialism (particularly Manifest Destiny) in the United States to the
U.S.’s interventionism abroad in Latin America, specifically Guatemala. In what ways are
they like each other, and what are the broader implications of these similarities? Why do
these similarities matter? What is the logic that motivates the U.S.’s settler colonialism and
interventionism? How do race, land, resources, and labor factor into both? You may discuss
also how migration—particularly undocumented migration—fits into this transnational
system of exploitation on the basis of race.
In class, we have studied transitional, restorative, and transformative models of justice.
Conclude your essay by thinking through what it would look like were the U.S., its
corporations, etc., held accountable via ONE of these models. What would justice look like
according to these models? Do you think it is important to hold the U.S., other direct
perpetrators, and/or the descendants of those perpetrators accountable for their actions?
Why or why not?
In simpler terms, this essay is asking you to think through and answer the following
1. What is settler colonialism (according to Dunbar-Ortiz)? What is U.S.
interventionism? Define these and any other of your essay’s key terms.
2. KEY QUESTION: How is U.S. settler colonialism like U.S. intervention in
Guatemala? How are they connected to each other? Identify specific examples
of each, which you’ll be drawing from An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the
United States and When the Mountains Tremble, and analyze them.
3. Why do these similarities matter? What do they tell us about the way the U.S. sees
Indigenous people? What do they tell us about the U.S. in general?
4. Finally, what should the U.S. do to fix all it’s done? What would be a just resolution
to this situation?