Book

Entangling Migration History:Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada. Forthcoming with the University Press of Florida

Edited by Benjamin Bryce and Alexander Freund

The book explores how people and ideas transcended the political boundaries of the United States and Canada. It situates the history of migration to the two countries in broader transnational, borderland, and comparative contexts. With a focus on local, regional, national, and transnational scales, the eight chapters in this volume illustrate that the state and the nation were not contained social, cultural, and political systems in modern North American history. The chapters challenge the persistent historiographic interest in examining international migration from a single location in a country of origin to a single country of destination. As the chapters demonstrate, the United States and Canada constituted a fluid space, as much connected as divided by borders and policies. As the border became more rigid in the twentieth century, the nature of policies and migration changed, but people’s lives continued to be shaped by local, national, and transnational factors.

This book argues that migrants, government officials, and other actors in the United States and Canada entangled their ideas and lived realities and thus the histories of these two countries. Following people rather than borders, the authors in this book investigate migrants’ transnational connections and governments’ international relationships. They study national politics and migration experiences in borderlands regions, and they compare migration patterns and policies between regions and countries.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

by Benjamin Bryce and Alexander Freund

1) Canada and the Atlantic World: Migration from a Hemispheric Perspective, 1500-1800

by José C. Moya

2) A Spatial Grammar of Migration in the Canadian-American Borderlands at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

by Randy William Widdis

3) Mexicans, Canadians, and the Reconfiguration of Continental Migrations, 1915-1965

by Bruno Ramirez

4) Sexual Self: Morals Policing and the Expansion of the US Immigration Bureau at America’s Early-Twentieth Century Borders

by Grace Peña Delgado

5) Out of One Borderland, Many: The 1907 Anti-Asian Riots and the Dimensions of Race and Migration in the Canadian-US Pacific Borderlands

by David C. Atkinson

6) Bridging the Pacific: Diplomacy and the Control of Japanese Transmigration via Hawai‘i, 1890-1910

by Yukari Takai

7) Entangled Communities: Religion and Ethnicity in Ontario and North America, 1880-1930

by Benjamin Bryce

8) Religious Borderlands and Transnational Networks: The North American Mennonite Underground Press in the 1960s

by Janis Thiessen

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