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Heartless Immensity: Literature, Culture, and Geography in Antebellum America

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As the size of the United States more than doubled during the first half of the nineteenth century, a powerful current of anxiety ran alongside the well-documented optimism about national expansion. Heartless Immensity tells the story of how Americans made sense of their country’s constantly fluctuating borders and its annexation of vast new territories. Anne Baker looks a ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published November 20th 2006 by University of Michigan Press (first published 2006)
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“When I hear George Bush express his desire to make ‘our borders something more than lines on a map,’ I have a hard time not thinking of William Ellery Channing’s fear [in 1844] that the boundaries of Texas and Mexico will become ‘little more than lines on the sand of the seashore.’ . . . Both urgently want the nation's boundaries to be something more than lines on a map. But isn't that what national boundaries are?"

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Anne Baker trained as a nurse in England, but after her marriage lived in Libya and Nigeria before returning to Birkenhead, where she worked as a health visitor. She now lives with her husband in Merseyside.
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