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Author Frymer, Paul, author.

Title Building an American empire : the era of territorial and political expansion / Paul Frymer.

Publication Info. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2017.


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Description 1 online resource (xi, 292 pages)
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Series Princeton studies in American politics: historical, international, and comparative perspectives
Princeton studies in American politics.
Note Print version record.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Westward expansion of the United States is most conventionally remembered for rugged individualism, geographic isolationism, and a fair amount of luck. Yet the establishment of the forty-eight contiguous states was hardly a foregone conclusion, and the federal government played a critical role in its success. This book examines the politics of American 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. Building an American Empire details how a government that struggled to exercise plenary power used federal land policy 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 strategically important areas of the frontier; at other times, policies were designed to actively restrain settler populations in order to prevent violence, international conflict, and breakaway states. Paul Frymer examines how these settlement patterns helped construct a dominant racial vision for America by incentivizing and directing the movement of white European settlers onto indigenous and diversely populated lands. These efforts were hardly seamless, and Frymer pays close attention to the failures as well, from the lack of further expansion into Latin America to the defeat of the black colonization movement. Building an American Empire reveals the lasting and profound significance government settlement policies had for the nation, both for establishing America as dominantly white and for restricting broader aspirations for empire in lands that could not be so racially engineered."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Figures -- Acknowledgments -- Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Boundaries and Movement -- Chapter 3. "Advancing Compactly as We Multiply" -- Chapter 4. Homesteading and Manufacturing Whiteness -- Chapter 5. The Limits of Manifest Destiny -- Chapter 6. A Second Removal? -- Chapter 7. America's Settler Empire at the End of the Frontier -- Index.
Language In English.
Credits Cover image: Map of the Indian and Oklahoma Territories, 1892. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.
Subject USA Government
United States -- Territorial expansion -- Political aspects.
Land settlement -- United States -- Historiography.
Frontier and pioneer life -- United States -- Historiography.
Frontier thesis.
West (U.S.) -- Historiography.
National characteristics, American -- Historiography.
United States -- Historical geography.
Imperialism -- Case studies.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Nationalism & Patriotism.
West United States. (OCoLC)fst01243255
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Case studies. (OCoLC)fst01423765
Other Form: Print version: Frymer, Paul. Building an American empire. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2017] 9780691166056 (DLC) 2016047471 (OCoLC)965805033
ISBN 1400885353 (electronic bk.)
9781400885350 (electronic bk.)
9780691191560 Paperback
Standard No. 10.1515/9781400885350 doi
AU@ 000060425560

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