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
     
 

"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

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691141541
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/25/2011
Series:
America in the World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(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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