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Rachel St . John, "Before the Wall: Making the US-Mexico Border"

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Rachel St . John, "Before the Wall: Making the US-Mexico Border"
April 5, 2017 12:00 pm
April 5, 2017 1:30 pm
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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

For more information please contact: rcstjohn@ucdavis.edu

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