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Smuggler nation : how illicit trade made America

Author: Peter Andreas
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th century, to French condoms and Canadian booze in the early 20th century, to Mexican workers and Colombian cocaine in the modern era. Contraband, it turns out, has been an integral part of American capitalism.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Andreas
ISBN: 9780199746880 0199746885
OCLC Number: 781680677
Description: xiii, 454 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: A nation of smugglers --
The Colonial Era. The golden age of illicit trade --
The smuggling road to revolution --
The smuggling war of independence. --
The EarlyRepublic. Contraband and embargo busting in the new nation --
Traitorous traders and patriotic pirates --
The illicit industrial revolution. --
Westward Expansion, Slavery, and the Civil War. Bootleggers and fur traders in Indian country --
Illicit slavers and the perpetuation of the slave trade --
Blood cotton and blockade-runners. --
The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. Tariff evaders and enforcers --
Sex, smugglers, and purity crusaders --
Coming to America through the back door --
Rumrunners and prohibitionists. --
Into the Modern Age. America's century-long drug war --
Border wars and the underside of economic integration --
America and illicit globalization in the twenty-first century.
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America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th century, to French condoms and Canadian booze in the early 20th century, to Mexican workers and Colombian cocaine in the modern era. Contraband, it turns out, has been an integral part of American capitalism. Far from being a new and unprecedented danger to America, the illicit underside of globalization is actually an old American tradition. As the author shows, it goes back not just years but centuries. And its impact has been decidedly double-edged, not only subverting but also empowering America.

Far from being a new and unprecedented danger to America, the illicit underside of globalization is actually an old American tradition. As Andreas shows, it goes back not just years but centuries. And its impact has been decidedly double-edged, not only subverting but also empowering America.

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The most impressive features of this book are its readability and its engagingly broad definition of smuggling across time and place ... much scholarly research has gone into its writing. Emma Hart, Read more...

 
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