Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 2203 SSH (Andrews Room)
Join historian Rachel St. John as she discusses the history of the U.S.-Mexico border. In 1848, the U.S. and Mexico drew a line through an undistinguished strip of land on the map of North America and created the border. Today that boundary line is a site of heavy traffic, sprawling cities, and militarized patrols and barriers. Yet, once it was almost completely open. How did the border become a barrier? How and why did the U.S. and Mexican governments attempt to control movement across it, and in what ways? This talk will explore the transformation of the western U.S.-Mexico border in the early 20th century and discuss how that history laid the groundwork for the modern border.
This event is sponsored by the Department of History
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