By Rachel St. John
Line within the Sand info the dramatic transformation of the western U.S.-Mexico border from its construction on the finish of the Mexican-American struggle in 1848 to the emergence of the trendy boundary line within the first many years of the 20th century. during this sweeping narrative, Rachel St. John explores how this boundary replaced from an insignificant line on a map to a sincerely marked and seriously regulated divide among the U.S. and Mexico. targeting the wilderness border to the west of the Rio Grande, this booklet explains the origins of the fashionable border and locations the road on the middle of a transnational heritage of increasing capitalism and country energy within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries.
Moving throughout neighborhood, neighborhood, and nationwide scales, St. John indicates how govt officers, local American raiders, ranchers, railroad developers, miners, traders, immigrants, and smugglers contributed to the increase of nation energy at the border and constructed innovations to navigate the more and more regulated panorama. Over the border's background, the U.S. and Mexican states progressively constructed an increasing array of legit legislation, advert hoc preparations, govt brokers, and actual boundaries that didn't shut the road, yet made it a versatile barrier that constrained the move of a few humans, items, and animals with no impeding others. by way of the Nineteen Thirties, their efforts had created the rules of the trendy border keep watch over apparatus.
Drawing on wide learn in U.S. and Mexican data, Line within the Sand weaves jointly a transnational historical past of ways an undistinguished strip of land grew to become the numerous and symbolic house of kingdom energy and nationwide definition that we all know today.
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Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border (America in the World) by Rachel St. John