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Eric Schlereth
University of Texas, Dallas (Richardson, TX 75083-0688)

Expatriation and the Politics of Border Crossing in North America, 1750-1870

By 1836, nearly 20,000 Anglos had quit the United States for Mexico. This project offers a new interpretation of Anglo migration to Texas during the Mexican period. It argues that Anglo migrants were expatriates, people who exchanged citizenship in one nation for that in another, and that the law and politics of expatriation shaped life in the southwestern borderlands. A citizen’s right to change political allegiance appealed to people residing near the border, both Anglo and Tejano alike. Utilizing extensive archival research, this project will trace how Mexican authorities in Texas as well as Anglo settlers – answering to different domestic concerns and drawing upon divergent cultural traditions – unintentionally created a shared legal space at the border defined by assumptions that individuals possessed natural rights to move freely throughout world. This project will add necessary historical perspective to contemporary debates over border crossing in our own globalized world.

Project fields:
U.S. History

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Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 7/31/2013