Frontiers and Boundaries in U.S. History: An Introduction-- Reassessing American Frontier Theory: Culture, Cultural Relativism, and the Middle Ground in Early America-- Foregrounding the Boundaries of American Literary History-- Republicanism, Federalism and Territorial Expansion in the United States-- Breaking into the Trans-Mississippian Frontiers: Thomas Jefferson's Expeditions to the West-- Myths and Legends of the Irish Pioneers in Texas-- Yeomen and Yankees Across the Mason-Dixon Line: A Different Perspective on the Antebellum North/South Divide?-- The Special Message of Rutherford B. Hayes,
8 March 1880, and the "American" Canal Policy-- On the Frontier of Civilisation: Deliberations of Exceptionalism and Environmental Determinism in the Creation of America's Tropical Empire, 1890-1910-- Cajun Louisiana: A "French" Borderland in the Twentieth Century-- New Deal, New Frontiers and Borderlands-- Frontiers and Boundaries in Hollywood Films: The Case of The Grapes of Wrath-- Along the Ideological Frontier: The Limits of American Democracy, the Communist Party, and the Need for Historiographical Synthesis-- Between Avant-Garde and Kitsch: Pragmatic Liberalism, Public Arts Funding, and the Cold War in the United States-- Hawaii, Statehood, and the East-West Centre: Opening Up the Pacific Frontier-- The "New" American Frontier in Real and Fictional Las Vegas-- Frontier and Identity: The Case of Alaska.
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The essays collected in this volume explore the frontier theme in American history, not only as it relates to issues of political jurisdiction, territorial expansion, and cultural interaction, but also as a concept which is applicable to any different types of historically significant boundaries that have been used to differentiate and separate, that have been renegotiated, or that might be historiographically redefined. Physical geography, demographic movements, international relations, political culture, social customs, language, religion, and other cultural factors, as they intertwined over time, have all played roles in the historical processes of defining the nation, its values and the limits of its power. The same factors have also given rise to different social groups, interests and jurisdictions within the nation. These essays examine many kinds of frontiers and boundaries - territorial, economic, ethnic, literary, artistic, ideological, political, institutional, administrative, and even historiographical - discussing theoretical and interpretative problems in their demarcation, as well as their transgression, and their relationship with the exercise of power, from colonial times to the present. (source: Nielsen Book Data)