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The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests
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The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests is the first collection of interdisciplinary essays bringing together scholars from both sides of the forty-ninth parallel to examine life in a transboundary region. The result is a text that reveals the diversity, difficulties, and fortunes of this increasingly powerful but little-understood part of the North American West. Contributions by historians, geographers, anthropologists, and scholars of criminal justice and environmental studies provide a comprehensive picture of the history of the borderlands region of the western United States and Canada.

The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests is divided into six parts: Defining the Region, Colonizing the Frontier, Farming and Other Labor Interactions, the Borderlands as a Refuge in the Nineteenth Century, the Borderlands as a Refuge in the Twentieth Century, and Natural Resources and Conservation along the Border. Topics include the borderlands’ environment; its aboriginal and gender history; frontier interactions and comparisons; agricultural and labor relations; tourism; the region as a refuge for Mormons, far-right groups, and Vietnam War resisters; and conservation and natural resources. These areas show how the history and geography of the borderlands region has been transboundary, multidimensional, and unique within North America.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations/Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xxii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvi
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  1. Duty-Free: An Introduction to the Practice of Regional History along the Forty-ninth Parallel
  2. pp. xxvii-xxxvi
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  1. Part 1: Defining the Region, Defining the Border
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. The Case for Cross-National and Comparative History: The Northwestern Plains as Bioregion
  2. pp. 17-41
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  1. 2. The Pacific Coast Borderlands and Frontier
  2. pp. 42-48
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  1. 3. Conceptual and Practical Boundaries: West Coast Indians/First Nations on the Border of Contagion in the Post-9/11 Era
  2. pp. 49-66
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  1. Part 2: Colonizing the Borderlands with Trails, the Law, and Ranching
  2. pp. 67-74
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  1. 4. The Trail to the North in Whoop-Up Country
  2. pp. 75-80
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  1. 5. Above the Blue Line: Policing the Frontier in the Canadian and American West, 1870–1900
  2. pp. 81-106
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  1. 6. Does the Border Matter?: Cattle Ranching and the Forty-ninth Parallel
  2. pp. 107-116
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  1. 7. “Their Own Country”: Race, Gender, Landscape, and Colonization around the Forty-ninth Parallel, 1862–1900
  2. pp. 117-130
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  1. Part 3. Seeking Sanctuary on Both Sides of the Line
  2. pp. 131-138
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  1. 8. The Border, the Buffalo, and the Métis of Montana
  2. pp. 139-154
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  1. 9. Crossing the Line: Race, Nationality, and the Deportation of the “Canadian” Crees in the Canada–U.S. Borderlands, 1890–1900
  2. pp. 155-171
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  1. 10. Charles Ora Card and Mormon Settlement on the Northwestern Plains Borderlands
  2. pp. 172-182
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  1. Part 4. Farming, Industry, and Labor Interactions in the Borderlands
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. 11. The Twine Line: Mexican Henequen, U.S.–Canadian Relations, and Binder Twine in the Northern Plains and Prairie Provinces, 1890–1950
  2. pp. 189-202
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  1. 12. Hoboes across the Border: Itinerant Cross-Border Laborers between Montana and Western Canada
  2. pp. 203-221
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  1. 13. “Nature’s Garden and a Possible Utopia”: Farming for Fruit and Industrious Men in the Transboundary Pacific Northwest, 1895–1914
  2. pp. 222-240
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  1. Part 5: Crossing the Medicine Line in the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 241-246
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  1. 14. Refugees from Volstead: Cross-Boundary Tourism in the Northwest during Prohibition
  2. pp. 247-261
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  1. 15. Hoods across the Border: The Ku Klux Klan and the Far Right in the American and Canadian Wests
  2. pp. 262-269
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  1. 16. Fugitives from Injustice: Vietnam War Draft Dodgers and Deserters in British Columbia
  2. pp. 270-289
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  1. Addendum
  2. pp. 290-292
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  1. Part 6. Natural Resources, Conservation, and Environmental Issues in the Borderlands
  2. pp. 293-298
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  1. 17. Fishing the Line: Political Boundaries and Border Fluidity in the Pacific Northwest Borderlands, 1880–1930s
  2. pp. 299-308
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  1. 18. “The Geology Recognizes No Boundaries”: Shifting Borders in Waterton Lakes National Park
  2. pp. 309-333
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  1. 19. Whoa! Canada: Environmental Issues and Activism along the Alberta-Montana Border
  2. pp. 334-344
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  1. Afterword: Comparing Western Borderlands and Their Future Study
  2. pp. 345-364
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 365-370
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 371-386
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