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Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border (America in the World)

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"Line in the Sand" 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 sweeping narrative, Rachel St. John explores how this boundary changed from a mere line on a map to a clearly marked and ...more
ebook, 296 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Robert


A Harvard professor, Rachel St. John, has just published a useful and comprehensive short history of the western U.S.-Mexico border (meaning from El Paso to San Diego.)

It is a tale that approaches geography as a multiform kind of space: social space, indigenous space, national identity space, commercial space, smuggling space, and so forth.

Early on, as history records, the United States found ways to take what we call the northern portion of the U.S.-Mexico border from Mexico by purchase, diplom
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JQAdams
This is an unremarkable history of the U.S.-Mexico border (and borderlands) west of the Rio Grande from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. St. John, a Harvard historian when wrote the book, goes long on academic jargon; you'll read a lot here about things like the border being a "complicated system of relational space" involving "negotiated sovereignty," which are unduly opaque articulations of the banal point that the governments involved can't always get what they want. And that is pretty much ...more
Linda Heffernan
Lots of stuff I didn't know before.
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