Contested Boundaries

Edited by gene allen smith, texas christian university

Series Description:

This series focuses on conflicts-political, social, cultural, and economic-along the ever-changing territorial boundaries of the American empire to explore the fluidity that characterized these borderlands as they transformed into modern nation states.

We seek rigorous, innovative work by both senior and emerging scholars and may, on occasion, consider edited collections. Proposals and letters of inquiry should be submitted digitally to Gene Smith (

Series Advisory Board
Grace Peña Delgado, University of California, Santa Cruz
Pablo Gomez, University of Wisconsin
Steven Hackel, University of California, Riverside
Pekka Hämäläinen, Oxford University
Sylvia Hilton, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Cecilia Morgan, University of Toronto
Andrés Reséndez, University of California, Davis

For more Information:

gene allen smith
department of history
box 297260
texas christian university
fort worth, texas 76129
(817) 257-6295
Fax: (817) 257-5650

There are 7 books in this series.

Please note that while you may order forthcoming books at any time, they will not be available for shipment until shortly before publication date

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James Monroe: A Republican Champion

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Borderland Narratives: Negotiation and Accommodation in North America’s Contested Spaces, 1500–1850

Broadening the idea of “borderlands” beyond its traditional geographic meaning, this volume features new ways of characterizing the political, cultural, religious, and racial fluidity of early America.


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Freedom and Resistance: A Social History of Black Loyalists in the Bahamas

After the American Revolution, enslaved and free blacks who had been loyal to the British cause arrived in the Bahamas, drawn by British promises of liberty and land. Freedom and Resistance shows how Black Loyalists struggled to find freedom, clashing with white loyalists who tried either to bind them to illegal indentured contracts or to enslave them.

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Creole City: A Chronicle of Early American New Orleans

Exploring parts of the city’s early nineteenth-century history that have previously been neglected, Dessens examines how New Orleans came to symbolize progress, adventure, and culture to so many.

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Endgame for Empire: British-Creek Relations in Georgia and Vicinity, 1763–1776

John Juricek explains how British failures, including the growing gap between promises and actions, led not only to a loss of potential allies among the Creeks but also to the rapid conversion of dutiful British subjects into outraged revolutionaries.

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Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada

By including local, national, and transnational perspectives, the editors emphasize the value of tracking connections over large spaces and political boundaries and, in so doing, present rich new scholarship to the field.

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The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World

Examines how the Prospect Bluff maroons constructed their freedom, shedding light on the extent and limits of their physical and intellectual fight to claim their rights.