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Boundaries of the State In Us History$
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James T. Sparrow, William J. Novak, and Stephen W. Sawyer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226277646

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226277813.001.0001

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Inventing the US-Mexico Border

Inventing the US-Mexico Border

(p.79) Three Inventing the US-Mexico Border
Boundaries of the State In Us History

C. J. Alvarez

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the establishment of the United States-Mexico border, not just as a cartographic construction, but as a joint production of cooperative policing. As U.S.-Mexico relations deepened and became more complex in the latter half of the nineteenth century, the borderland transformed into a space of bilateral, if sometimes grudging, consent. By focusing on U.S.-Mexico military campaigns against Apaches and U.S. attempts to quell Mexican political dissidents on American soil, an image emerges of a fledgling bilateral policing apparatus, one in which the police power of both countries is pooled, borrowed, and amplified.

Keywords:   U.S.-Mexico border, police, boundary survey, Apaches, U.S.-Mexico relations, U.S. Army, Mexican Army, Porfirio Díaz, Teresa Urrea, Lauro Aguirre

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