Contested Boundaries


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 (

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Gene Allen Smith
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(817) 257-6295
Fax: (817) 257-5650

There are 8 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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The Letters of George Long Brown: A Yankee Merchant on Florida's Antebellum Frontier

This book collects previously unpublished letters written by a merchant in north Florida before the Civil War, offering a view of the region's transformation to a market economy due in part to its increased reliance on slavery.

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James Monroe: A Republican Champion

Despite serving his country for 50 years and being among the most qualified men to hold the office of president, James Monroe is an oft-forgotten Founding Father. In this book, Brook Poston reveals how Monroe attempted to craft a legacy for himself as a champion of American republicanism.    

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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.