Fabric of America: How Our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Identity

Fabric of America: How Our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Identity

by Andro Linklater
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802716725

ISBN-13: 9780802716729

Pub. Date: 04/29/2008

Publisher: Walker & Company

The Fabric of America tells the story of how the borders and boundaries that formed states and a nation inspired the sense of identity that has ever since been central to the American character. Challenging Frederick Jackson Turner's famed frontier thesis, Andro Linklater argues that we are, in fact, defined not by open spaces but by boundaries. Linklater weaves this…  See more details below

Overview

The Fabric of America tells the story of how the borders and boundaries that formed states and a nation inspired the sense of identity that has ever since been central to the American character. Challenging Frederick Jackson Turner's famed frontier thesis, Andro Linklater argues that we are, in fact, defined not by open spaces but by boundaries. Linklater weaves this and other provocative arguments into a dramatic story line, wherein Andrew Ellicott, America's greatest surveyor, along with Thomas Jefferson, the treasonous general James Wilkinson, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, and numerous hitherto invisible settlers, all illuminate the shaping of the nation. This brilliant book will alter forever readers' perception of America and what it means to be an American.

About the Author:
Andro Linklater is the author of Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy as well as The Code of Love and several other books

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802716729
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents


Foresight     1
The First Frontier     17
The Boundaries of Power     37
The State as Nation     53
The Bullying States     72
Capital Speculations     91
Mirrors of the Mississippi     115
Evidence of Treachery     140
The Reach of Government     158
American Tragedy     180
The Values of Government     205
The Limits of Freedom     230
The American Frontier     250
Crossing the Frontier     261
The End of Frontiers?     271
Envoi     278
Appendix     281
Acknowledgments     287
Notes     289
Select Bibliography     309
Index     317

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >