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A Line of Blood and Dirt: Creating the Canada-United States Border across Indigenous Lands

A Line of Blood and Dirt: Creating the Canada-United States Border across Indigenous Lands

by Benjamin Hoy


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780197528693
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/16/2021
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Hoy is an assistant professor of history at University of Saskatchewan, where he directs the Historical GIS Lab.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Building Borders
Chapter 2 The Civil and Dakota War
Chapter 3 New Countries, Old Problems
Chapter 4 Borders of Stones, Guns, and Grass
Chapter 5 Where it All Went Wrong
Chapter 6 Borders of Salt and Rock
Chapter 7 Blood and Bones
Chapter 8 The Chaos of Control
Chapter 9 Higher Than Sight Can Reach
Chapter 10 The Borders of Everyday Life

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