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Manifesting America – The Imperial Construction of U.S. National Space - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Manifesting America: The Imperial Construction of U.S. National Space

Mark Rifkin


The book explores the creation and extension of U.S. jurisdiction in the antebellum period, particularly over Native Americans and former Mexicans. It examines how U.S. law recodes the identities and territoriality of these populations and the self-depictions they offer in nonfictional texts. The government's narration of national space is haunted and disturbed by the persistence of the political geographies of peoples made domestic in the absorption of indigenous and Mexican lands. Exploring the confrontation between U.S. law and the self-representations of those once-alien peoples subjected ... More

Keywords: U.S. jurisdiction, land tenure and governance, antebellum, self-determination, Indian removal, annexation, indigenous peoples, Mexican, nonfictional texts

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195387179
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Rifkin, author
University of North Carolina
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