Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875-1910 / Edition 1

Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875-1910 / Edition 1

by Andrew R. Graybill
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0803260024

ISBN-13: 9780803260023

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback

In the late nineteenth century, the Texas Rangers and Canada’s North-West Mounted Police were formed to bring the resource-rich hinterlands at either end of the Great Plains under governmental control. Native and rural peoples often found themselves squarely in the path of this westward expansion and the law enforcement agents that led the way. Though

Overview

In the late nineteenth century, the Texas Rangers and Canada’s North-West Mounted Police were formed to bring the resource-rich hinterlands at either end of the Great Plains under governmental control. Native and rural peoples often found themselves squarely in the path of this westward expansion and the law enforcement agents that led the way. Though separated by nearly two thousand miles, the Rangers and Mounties performed nearly identical functions, including subjugating Indigenous groups; dispossessing peoples of mixed ancestry; defending the property of big cattlemen; and policing industrial disputes. Yet the means by which the two forces achieved these ends sharply diverged; while the Rangers often relied on violence, the Mounties usually exercised restraint, a fact that highlights some of the fundamental differences between the U.S. and Canadian Wests. Policing the Great Plains presents the first comparative history of the two most famous constabularies in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803260023
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
293
Sales rank:
1,239,251
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     viii
List of Maps     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: "Similar Organizations in Other Parts"     1
Instruments of Incorporation     5
Subjugating Indigenous Groups     23
Dispossessing Peoples of Mixed Ancestry     64
Defending the Cattleman's Empire     110
Policing the Industrial Frontier     158
Epilogue: "Deeds, Real and Imagined"     201
Notes     205
Bibliography     249
Index     269

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