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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
 

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:
1,013,135
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations

Introduction: “Similar Organizations in Other Parts”

Chapter 1: Instruments of Incorporation

Chapter 2: Subjugating Indigenous Groups

Chapter 3: Dispossessing Peoples of Mixed Ancestry

Chapter 4: Defending the Cattleman’s Empire

Chapter 5: Policing the Industrial Frontier

Epilogue: “Deeds, Real and Imagined”

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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