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The Resource Line in the sand : a history of the Western U.S.-Mexico border, Rachel St. John

Line in the sand : a history of the Western U.S.-Mexico border, Rachel St. John

Label
Line in the sand : a history of the Western U.S.-Mexico border
Title
Line in the sand
Title remainder
a history of the Western U.S.-Mexico border
Statement of responsibility
Rachel St. John
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This work details the dramatic transformation of the western U.S.-Mexico border from its creation at the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848 to the emergence of the modern boundary line in the first decades of the twentieth century. In this narrative, the author explores how this boundary changed from a mere line on a map to a clearly marked and heavily regulated divide between the United States and Mexico. Focusing on the desert border to the west of the Rio Grande, this book explains the origins of the modern border and places the line at the center of a transnational history of expanding capitalism and state power in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Moving across local, regional, and national scales, she shows how government officials, Native American raiders, ranchers, railroad builders, miners, investors, immigrants, and smugglers contributed to the rise of state power on the border and developed strategies to navigate the increasingly regulated landscape. Over the border's history, the U.S. and Mexican states gradually developed an expanding array of official laws, ad hoc arrangements, government agents, and physical barriers that did not close the line, but made it a flexible barrier that restricted the movement of some people, goods, and animals without impeding others. By the 1930s, their efforts had created the foundations of the modern border control apparatus. Drawing on extensive research in U.S. and Mexican archives, this book weaves together a transnational history of how an undistinguished strip of land became the significant and symbolic space of state power and national definition that we know today
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
St. John, Rachel
Dewey number
972/.1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F786
LC item number
.S767 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
America in the world
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mexican-American Border Region
  • United States
  • Mexico
  • United States
  • Mexico
Label
Line in the sand : a history of the Western U.S.-Mexico border, Rachel St. John
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-272) and index
Contents
A new map for North America: defining the border -- Holding the line: fighting land pirates and Apaches on the border -- Landscape of profits: cultivating capitalism across the border -- The space between: policing the border -- Breaking ties, building fences: making war on the border -- Like night and day: regulating morality with the border -- Insiders/outsiders: managing immigration at the border
Control code
ocn687685365
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
x, 284 p.
Isbn
9780691141541
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2010054533
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691141541
  • (OCoLC)687685365
Label
Line in the sand : a history of the Western U.S.-Mexico border, Rachel St. John
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-272) and index
Contents
A new map for North America: defining the border -- Holding the line: fighting land pirates and Apaches on the border -- Landscape of profits: cultivating capitalism across the border -- The space between: policing the border -- Breaking ties, building fences: making war on the border -- Like night and day: regulating morality with the border -- Insiders/outsiders: managing immigration at the border
Control code
ocn687685365
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
x, 284 p.
Isbn
9780691141541
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2010054533
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691141541
  • (OCoLC)687685365

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