Bridging National Borders in North America Transnational and Comparative Histories

ISBN-10: 0822346990

ISBN-13: 9780822346999

Edition: 2010

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Despite a shared interest in using borders to explore the paradoxes of state-making and national histories, historians of the Canadian-U.S. border region and those focused on the Mexican-U.S. borderlands have generally worked in isolation from one another. A timely and important addition to borderlands history,Bridging National Borders in North Americainitiates a conversation between scholars of the continent's northern and southern borderlands. The historians in this collection examine borderlands events and phenomena from the mid-nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth. Some consider the U.S.-Canada border, others concentrate on the U.S.-Mexico border, and still others take both regions into account. The contributors engage topics such as how mixed-race groups living on the peripheries of national societies dealt with the creation of borders in the nineteenth century, how medical inspections and public-health knowledge came to be used to differentiate among bodies, and how practices designed to channel livestock and prevent cattle smuggling became the model for regulating the movement of narcotics and undocumented people. They explore the ways that U.S. immigration authorities mediated between the desires for unimpeded boundary-crossings for day labourers, tourists, casual visitors, and businessmen, and the restrictions imposed by measures such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the 1924 Immigration Act. Turning to the realm of culture, they analyze the history of tourist travel to Mexico from the United States and depictions of the borderlands in early-twentieth-century Hollywood movies. The concluding essay suggests that historians have obscured non-national forms of territoriality and community that preceded the creation of national borders and sometimes persisted afterwards. This collection signals new directions for continental dialogue about issues such as state-building, national expansion, territoriality, and migration.
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List price: $23.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 4/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction: Borders and Their Historians in North America
Peoples In Between
Conflict and Cooperation in the Making of Texas-Mexico Border Society, 1840-1880
Between Race and Nation: The Creation of a M�tis Borderland on the Northern Plains
Environmental Control and State-Making
Epidemics, Indians, and Border-Making in the Nineteenth-Century Pacific Northwest
Divided Ranges: Trans-border Ranches and the Creation of National Space along the Western Mexico-U.S. Border
The Scales of Salmon: Diplomacy and Conservation in the Western Canada-U.S. Borderlands
Border Enforcement and Contestation
Crossing the Line: The INS and the Federal Regulation of the Mexican Border
Caught in the Gap: The Transit Privilege and North America's Ambiguous Borders
Border Representation and National Identity
The Welcoming Voice of the Southland: American Tourism across the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1880-1940
Projecting the In-Between: Cinematic Representations of Borderlands and Borders in North America, 1908-1940
Glass Curtains and Storied Landscapes: The Fur Trade, National Boundaries, and Historians
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