Citizens of Convenience: The Imperial Origins of American Nationhood on the U.S.-Canadian Border - Early American Histories (Hardback)Lawrence B. A. Hatter (author)
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The U.S.-Canadian border was a critical site of United States nation- and empire-building during the first forty years of the republic. Hatter explains how the difficulty of distinguishing U.S. citizens from British subjects on the border posed a significant challenge to the United States' founding claim that it formed a separate and unique nation. To establish authority over both its own nationals and an array of non-nationals within its borders, U.S. customs and territorial officials had to tailor policies to local needs while delineating and validating membership in the national community. This type of diplomacy-balancing the local with the transnational-helped to define the American people as a distinct nation within the Revolutionary Atlantic world and stake out the United States' imperial domain in North America.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 51 mm