Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border

Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border

by Rachel St. John
     
 

"Rachel St. John untangles the myths surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border in this thoughtful and meticulously researched book. In so doing, she not only restores the border to its central place in borderlands studies but also renders the border essential for understanding the history of North America."—Karl Jacoby, Brown University

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"Rachel St. John untangles the myths surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border in this thoughtful and meticulously researched book. In so doing, she not only restores the border to its central place in borderlands studies but also renders the border essential for understanding the history of North America."—Karl Jacoby, Brown University

"Line in the Sand is a fascinating, imaginative, and surprising history of the Mexican border, a border which is all too often reduced to clichs. In her exemplary work, Rachel St. John's border has depth, surprises, and great complexity. Her book is a wonderful corrective to our current moment, which seems ruled by a rush of conflicting, often hysterical, and sometimes downright false information. It forces us to pause and think about how we came to this and what else is possible."—Richard White, Stanford University

"A pleasure to read, Line in the Sand is the first truly transnational history of the U.S.-Mexico land border. Grounded in extensive and meticulous research in both countries, this comprehensive book will be an important contribution to border and borderlands studies and U.S. history more broadly. It does a wonderful job of showing border dynamics in different realms and in all their complexity."—Mae Ngai, Columbia University

"This elegant book draws on the archives and historiographies of the United States and Mexico to place the borderlands in a broad, transnational context. St. John focuses great attention on the social, political, and institutional foundations of the border itself, and the light she shines on regional and national perspectives makes this outstanding book essential reading for historians of all stripes. It is one of the most satisfying borderlands histories available."—Sam Truett, University of New Mexico

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691156132
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/25/2012
Series:
America in the World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
428,143
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter One: A New Map for North America: Defining the Border 12

Chapter Two: Holding the Line: Fighting Land Pirates and Apaches on the Border 39

Chapter Three: Landscape of Profits: Cultivating Capitalism across the Border 63

Chapter Four: The Space Between: Policing the Border 90

Chapter Five: Breaking Ties, Building Fences: Making War on the Border 119

Chapter Six: Like Night and Day: Regulating Morality with the Border 148

Chapter Seven: Insiders/Outsiders: Managing Immigration at the Border 174

Conclusion 198

Notes 209

Bibliography 249

Index 273

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