Bridging National Borders in North America: Transnational and Comparative Histories

Bridging National Borders in North America: Transnational and Comparative Histories

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by Benjamin Johnson
     
 

Despite a shared interest in using borders to explore the paradoxes of state-making and national histories, historians of the U.S.-Canada border region and those focused on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands have generally worked in isolation from one another. A timely and important addition to borderlands history, Bridging National Borders in North America initiates a

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Despite a shared interest in using borders to explore the paradoxes of state-making and national histories, historians of the U.S.-Canada border region and those focused on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands have generally worked in isolation from one another. A timely and important addition to borderlands history, Bridging National Borders in North America initiates a conversation between scholars of the continent's northern and southern borderlands. The historians in this collection examine borderlands events and phenomena from the mid-nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth. Some consider the U.S.-Canada border, others concentrate on the U.S.-Mexico border, and still others take both regions into accounts. Taken together, their essays signal new directions for continental dialogue about matters such as state-building, national expansion, territoriality, and migration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822346999
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin H. Johnson is Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place and Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans.

Andrew R. Graybill is Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the author of Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875–1910.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgement ix

Introduction: Borders and Their Historians in North America Benjamin H. Johnson Andrew R. Graybill 1

Part I Peoples In Between

Conflict and Cooperation in the Making of Texas-Mexico Border Society, 1840-1880 Miguel Ángel González-Quiroga 33

Between Race and Nation: The Creation of a Métis Borderland on the Northern Plains Michel Hogue 59

Part II Environmental Control and State-Making

Epidemics, Indians, and Border-Making in the Nineteenth-Century Pacific Northwest Jennifer Seltz 91

Divided Ranges: Trans-border Ranches and the Creation of National Space along the Western Mexico-U.S. Border Rachel St. John 116

The Scales of Salmon: Diplomacy and Conservation in the Western Canada-U.S. Borderlands Lissa Wadewitz 141

Part III Border Enforcement and Contestation

Crossing the Line: The INS and the Federal Regulation of the Mexican Border S. Deborah Kang 167

Caught in the Gap: The Transit Privilege and North America's Ambiguous Borders Andrea Geiger 199

Part IV Border Representation and National Identity

The Welcoming Voice of the Southland: American Tourism across the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1880-1940 Catherine Cocks 225

Projecting the In-Between: Cinematic Representations of Borderlands and Borders in North America, 1908-1940 Dominique Brégent-Heald 249

Glass Curtains and Storied Landscapes: The Fur Trade, National Boundaries, and Historians Bethel Saler Carolyn Podruchny 275

Bibliography 303

Contributors 351

Index 353

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