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Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion

Paul Frymer


This book examines the politics of the United States' westward expansion, showing how the government's regulation of population movements on the frontier, both settlement and removal, advanced national aspirations for empire and promoted the formation of a white settler nation. The book details how a government that struggled to exercise plenary power used federal land policies to assert authority over the direction of expansion by engineering the pace and patterns of settlement and to control the movement of populations. At times, the government mobilized populations for compact settlement in ... More

Keywords: westward expansion, United States, empire, population movements, white settler nation, black colonization, settlement policies, Latin America, American frontier, federal land policies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691166056
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691166056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Frymer, author
Princeton University