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Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border

Rachel St. John


This book details the dramatic transformation of the western U.S.–Mexico border from its creation at the end of the Mexican–American War in 1848 to the emergence of the modern boundary line in the first decades of the twentieth century. The book explores how this boundary changed from a mere line on a map to a clearly marked and heavily regulated divide between the United States and Mexico. Focusing on the desert border to the west of the Rio Grande, the book explains the origins of the modern border and places the line at the center of a transnational history of expanding capitalism and state ... More

Keywords: Mexican–American War, 1848, desert border, capitalism, state power, border control, U.S. border, Mexican border

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691141541
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691141541.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel St. John, author
Harvard University