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A Line of Blood and Dirt

Creating the Canada-United States Border across Indigenous Lands

Benjamin Hoy

A Line of Blood and Dirt

A Line of Blood and Dirt

Creating the Canada-United States Border across Indigenous Lands

A Line of Blood and Dirt

 

This book provides a history of the Canada-United States border from 1775 until 1939, highlighting the formation of each nation state, the role Indigenous people had in the development of the international boundary, and the impact the border had on Indigenous people, European settlers, Chinese migrants, and African Americans.


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Beschrijving A Line of Blood and Dirt

The untold history of the multiracial making of the border between Canada and the United States.

Often described as the longest undefended border in the world, the Canada-US border was born in blood, conflict, and uncertainty.

At the end of the American Revolution, Britain and the United States imagined a future for each of their nations that stretched across a continent. They signed treaties with one another dividing lands neither country could map, much less control. A century and a half later, Canada and the United States had largely fulfilled those earlier ambitions. Both countries had built nations that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific and had made an expansive international border that restricted
movement.

The vision that seemed so clear in the minds of diplomats and politicians never behaved as such on the ground. Both countries built their border across Indigenous lands using hunger, violence, and coercion to displace existing communities and to disrupt their ideas of territory and belonging. The border's length undermined each nation's attempts at control. Unable to prevent movement at the border's physical location for over a century, Canada and the United States instead found ways to project
fear across international lines They aimed to stop journeys before they even began.


ISBN
9780197528693
Pagina's
344
Verschenen
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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