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Contents

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p. vii

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Introduction. A Banishment Primer

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pp. 1-26

COMMUNITIES MAKE MEMBERS. Working from the principles articulated in contracts, constitutions, or even simple screeds, communities create a sense of belonging among their inhabitants that draws people in, binds them together, and fosters a collective identity. This sense of membership has been a commonplace in the history of communities from the city-states of ancient Greece ...

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1. “To Entertain Strangers”

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pp. 27-57

GOVERNOR WINTHROP’S STATEMENT in the epigraph above reminds us that while banishment was popular among the Puritans, it was not the only nor even the most sensible means of ridding the community of undesirables. For one thing, it was arduous and time-consuming. All the legal actors and instruments required for a trial had to be marshaled …

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2. The “Predicament of Ubi”

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pp. 58-85

IN BANISHING MORTON and Hutchinson, the Puritans made it clear that they would not tolerate people who entered their jurisdiction only to turn around and make offers to others to do the same—people who came in as guests, in other words, but turned into hosts in short order. They said little, however, about strangers who did not take up these identities. …

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3. “To Test Their Bloody Laws”

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pp. 86-114

THE QUAKERS’ RESPONSE to the use of banishment as a punishment in Puritan New England was, more than that of any other individual or group who came before or after them, calculated to achieve certain legal and political ends. With an almost military precision that entailed planning the place and time of their border crossings, ...

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4. Deer Island and the Banishment of the Indians

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pp. 115-140

TO INCLUDE A chapter about the Indians in a book about banishment in early America would seem almost to go without saying. After all, as many historians of Native American culture have shown, the story of the Indians’ relations with the white English settlers was from the start about the loss of territory and social exclusion. …

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Conclusion. The Ends of Banishment: From the Puritan Colonies to the Borderlands

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pp. 141-162

IN THE WORDS of a Supreme Court case from 1958, banishment is a “fate universally decried by civilized people.”1 In that case, Trop v. Dulles, a former U.S. army private who had been convicted of desertion from the army in 1944 was denied a passport and effectively “de-nationalized” more than eight years after his crime was committed and his time had been served. ...

Notes

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pp. 163-196

Index

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pp. 197-202

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 203-206

The stories I tell in this book—of banishment and social exclusion—bear no resemblance to the story of what it was like to write it. Over the course of the many years it took to research and write this book, I experienced a sense of inclusion—of making new friends and connecting in new ways with old friends—that exceeded my wildest expectations. ...