Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

Mapping this project, from my first articulations to its current iteration, is anything but a model of intellectual cartography; it proceeded by stops and starts, and, like so many of the early maps of New World exploration...

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Introduction - “Let Us Bind the Nation Together”

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pp. 1-22

In early 1817, John C. Calhoun, the charismatic senator from South Carolina who had built his early reputation in Washington as one of the fervently patriotic “War Hawks” agitating in favor of the...

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1. Shifting Perspectives

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pp. 23-56

Washington Irving’s first book, A History of New York (1809), opens with a burlesque “Description of the World” that satirizes the perspective from which the histories of his day were written...

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2. Sedgwick’s Sectional Picturesque

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pp. 57-78

It is not difficult to see how Tocqueville, in traveling through the early republic, would see the New England–centered narrative of American democracy reiterated at every turn...

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3. The Sectional Middle Ground

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pp. 79-96

In the 1820s, the Middle States, constituting New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, were understood to have never calcified into a single sectional identity. Instead, the diverse mix of immigrant...

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4. The Genius of Latitude

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pp. 97-118

In the early summer of 1828, congressman and future governor George McDuffie would speak for upwards of two hours to a South Carolina audience, with the main topic of his address being...

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5. Southern Interventions in the Wake of Crisis

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pp. 119-140

The national audience so often sought by Southern authors was conditioned to view the South in very specific ways. Though Webster outlined a vision of Union in his “Second Reply to Hayne” that...

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6. Western Reorientations

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pp. 141-160

The geography textbook could be deployed as an ideological tool that could define or malign a particular section, and Samuel Goodrich’s A System of School Geography would contain a more...

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7. Placing the Native in the Era of Removal

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pp. 161-184

Thus far, my argument in The Genius of Place has focused largely on the rise and calcification of sectional identities in contestation both with one another and with the idea of the nation...

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8. Walker’s African American Emplacement

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pp. 185-206

David Walker’s Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in particular, and very expressly, to those of the United States of America (1829) has become a central work in our...

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Coda. “Build, Therefore, Your Own World”

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pp. 207-214

In January of 1816, a twelve-year-old boy writes his older brother to inform him of, among other things, the progress of his studies at the Boston Latin School. Chiding himself for...

Notes

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pp. 215-256

Bibliography

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pp. 257-272

Index

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pp. 273-282