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

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Great Plains Quarterly

"By identifying the common threads that unite the histories of the Rangers and Mounties, as well as the disparate strands that set them apart, Graybill's study underscores the value of comparative history."—Michel Hogue, Great Plains Quarterly

— Michel Hogue

Western Historical Quarterly

"Fascinating and important."—Sheila McManus, Western Historical Quarterly

— Sheila McManus

Journal of Military History

"[Graybill's] work emerges as one of the most carefully crafted examples of comparative and transnational history published in recent years, and it stands as a model study for the other frontier law enforcement agencies around the world."—Michael L. Tate, Journal of Military History

— Michael L. Tate

Journal of American History

"Relevant issues, fascinating changes, solid research, and insightful views make this work one that will help quiet a perennial question: What ever happened to frontier history?"—Richard A. Van Orman, Journal of American History

— Richard A. Van Orman

Wild West Historical Association Journal

"Graybill may be an academic, but his accessible and breezy writing style is anything but. Policing the Great Plains should have popular appeal on both sides of the 49th parallel and will challenge widely held beliefs. It is thoroughly researched, amply endnoted, and contains an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources."—Mark Dworkin, Wild West Historical Association Journal

— Mark Dworkin

Wild West Historical Association Journal - Mark Dworkin

"Graybill may be an academic, but his accessible and breezy writing style is anything but. Policing the Great Plains should have popular appeal on both sides of the 49th parallel and will challenge widely held beliefs. It is thoroughly researched, amply endnoted, and contains an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources."—Mark Dworkin, Wild West Historical Association Journal
Journal of American History - Richard A. Van Orman

"Relevant issues, fascinating changes, solid research, and insightful views make this work one that will help quiet a perennial question: What ever happened to frontier history?"—Richard A. Van Orman, Journal of American History
Western Historical Quarterly - Sheila McManus

"Fascinating and important."—Sheila McManus, Western Historical Quarterly
Great Plains Quarterly - Michel Hogue

"By identifying the common threads that unite the histories of the Rangers and Mounties, as well as the disparate strands that set them apart, Graybill's study underscores the value of comparative history."—Michel Hogue, Great Plains Quarterly
Montana, the Magazine of Western History - Gary Clayton

"The is much to be learned by Graybill's comparative approach not only about police units but about frontier governments and the emergence of plains statehood. This is an enjoyable study, easy to read and well worth the investment. It should be on the shelves of every western American historian."—Gary Clayton, Montana, the Magazine of Western History
Journal of Military History - Michael L. Tate

"[Graybill's] work emerges as one of the most carefully crafted examples of comparative and transnational history published in recent years, and it stands as a model study for the other frontier law enforcement agencies around the world."—Michael L. Tate, Journal of Military History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803260023
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 293
  • Sales rank: 448,385
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew R. Graybill is an assistant professor of history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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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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