Spring 2017 Books by Princeton University Press

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building an american empire the era of territorial and political expansion paul frymer westward expansion of the united states is most conventionally remembered for rugged individualism geographic isolationism and a fair amount of luck yet the establishment of the forty-eight contiguous states was hardly a foregone conclusion and the federal government played a critical role in its success this book examines the politics of american expansion showing how the government’s regulation of population movements on the frontier both settlement and removal advanced national aspirations for empire and promoted the formation of a white settler nation building an american empire details how a government that struggled to exercise plenary power used federal land policy to assert authority over the direction of expansion by engineering the pace and patterns of settlement and to control the movement of populations at times the government mobilized populations for compact settlement in strategically important areas of the frontier at other times policies were designed to actively restrain settler populations in order to prevent violence international conflict and breakaway states paul frymer examines how these settlement patterns helped construct a dominant racial vision for america by incentivizing and directing the movement of white european settlers onto indigenous and diversely populated lands these efforts were hardly seamless and frymer pays close attention to the failures as well from the lack of further expansion into latin america to the defeat of the black colonization movement building an american empire reveals the lasting and profound significance government settlement policies had for the nation both for establishing america as dominantly white and for restricting broader aspirations for empire in lands that could not be so racially engineered paul frymer is professor of politics and director of the program in law and public affairs at princeton university may how american westward expansion was governmentally engineered to promote the formation of a white settler nation “building an american empire is full of interesting ideas facts and insights frymer argues that the american state vigorously engaged in acquiring and governing land and built a predominantly white society that employed racial removal and envisioned a marginal role for native americans and free blacks.” —david brian robertson author of the original compromise what the constitution’s framers were really thinking “frymer has crafted an intellectually ambitious important book that addresses one of the most significant questions in american history how did a tiny coastal federation with a weak state effectively settle a rich and contested—not to mention already occupied—land mass?” —brian balogh author of a government out of sight the mystery of national authority in nineteenthcentury america 978-0-691-16605-6 cloth $35.00s 312 pages 3 halftones 25 line illus 19 maps 6 x 9 princeton studies in american politics historical international and comparative perspectives ira katznelson eric schickler martin shefter and theda skocpol series editors political science american history political science 127