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The fabric of America : how our borders and boundaries shaped the country and forged our national identity

Author: Andro Linklater
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Historian Linklater relates how the borders and boundaries that formed states and a nation inspired the sense of identity that has ever since been central to the American experiment. Linklater opens with America's greatest surveyor, Andrew Ellicott, measuring the contentious boundary between Pennsylvania and Virginia in the summer of 1784; and he ends standing at the yellow line dividing the United States and Mexico  Read more...
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Linklater, Andro.
Fabric of America.
New York : Walker & Co. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007
(OCoLC)607781574
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andro Linklater
ISBN: 0802715338 9780802715333
OCLC Number: 138533044
Description: 328 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: The first frontier --
The boundaries of power --
The state as nation --
The bullying states --
Capital speculations --
Mirrors of the Mississippi --
Evidence of treachery --
The reach of government --
American tragedy --
The values of government --
The limits of freedom --
The American frontier --
Crossing the frontier --
The end of frontiers? --
Envoi.
Responsibility: Andro Linklater.

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Historian Linklater relates how the borders and boundaries that formed states and a nation inspired the sense of identity that has ever since been central to the American experiment. Linklater opens with America's greatest surveyor, Andrew Ellicott, measuring the contentious boundary between Pennsylvania and Virginia in the summer of 1784; and he ends standing at the yellow line dividing the United States and Mexico at Tijuana. In between, he chronicles the evolving shape of the nation, physically and psychologically. As Americans pushed westward in the course of the nineteenth century, the borders and boundaries established by surveyors like Ellicott created property, uniting people in a desire for the government and laws that would protect it. Challenging Frederick Jackson Turner's famed frontier thesis, Linklater argues that we are defined not by open spaces but by boundaries.--From publisher description.

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