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North American Border Conflicts

Race, Politics, and Ethics, 1st Edition

By Laurence Armand French, Magdaleno Manzanarez

CRC Press

214 pages | 25 Color Illus.

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North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics adds to the current discussion on class, race, ethnic, and sectarian divides, not only within the United States but throughout the Americas in general. The book explores the phenomenon of border challenges throughout the world, particularly the current increase in population migration in the America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, which has been linked to human trafficking and many other causes of human suffering. North American Border Conflicts takes students through the rich, sad history of border conflict on this continent.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Introduction: Contravening world-views of people competing for boundaries and resources

Aboriginal Harmony Ethos & Restorative Justice

The Protestant Ethic and New World Conflicts: Protestants, Aboriginals, Catholics

Chapter 2 Colonial Intrusion and Border Battles

Aboriginals and their pre-Columbian boundaries

Colonial Encroachment and Conflict

The Acadian Expulsion: The roots of Manifest Destiny, Ethnic Cleansing and Cultural Genocide

Changing Spanish-America


New Spin’s adaptation to the New World

Adaptations to Colonial intrusions

Chapter 3 The Emerging United States and its expansionist mandate

Manifest Destiny and white Protestant supremacy: Boundary maintenance 1776-1865

Indian Removal: United State’s experiment with ethnic cleansing

Intrusions into Canada

The new frontier: acquiring Spanish/Mexican territory

Prelude to the U.S. Civil War: Annexation of Texas

The Monroe Doctrine & Imperial Designs: 1865-1917

Canadian Challenges during the Monroe Doctrine Era

Louis Riel and the Indian/Métis Rebellions

Turbulence in Mexico – the road to Revolution

The reign of Portfirio Diaz – America’s favorite despot

The Texas Rangers’ Reign of Terror: Prelude to Pancho Villas’ U.S. raid

Pancho Villas’ raid on the United State

Harsh Treatment of the Villista Prisoners

Policing American Indians: Boundary Maintenance through laws and force


Indian Police and Policing Indian Country: Military versus civilian jurisdictions

Chapter 4 North America and the Neocolonial conflicts of the 20th century


USA and its "Indian Problem:" Changing boundaries and identities

Allotment: Dismantling Indian Country



Indian Self-Determination and the New Federalism for Indian Country

Extending the Monroe Doctrine in the 20th Century: Hemispheric Exploitation and Cold War Fears

Justice Issues: the role of de facto discrimination

Canada comes of age and the perils of Quebec Separation

Influence of French leaders in Canada

Quebec Separatism & the "Quiet Revolution"

Mexico in the 20th century: Growth, Corruption, & U/S. Intervention

Implementing the new Constitution of 1917 –with interference form the USA

Revolutionary changes finally enacted

USA’s Cold War interventions

Oppression and change: transitioning to Globalization

Chapter 5` From NAFTA to the 21st Century


Border Perspective since 0/11/01

Impact of the militarization of the U.S. borders

Border Security’s impact on North American Indians

Status of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

Post 9/11 border requirements & their impact on border tribes

Mexico’s daunting role as a filter for drugs and human trafficking

Central America and Cold War

Mexican War on Drugs

Chronology of Major Events




About the Authors

Laurence Armand French was born in New Hampshire, with grandparents originally from Canada. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps when he was 17 and went to college as a disabled veteran. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in sociology/social psychology from the University of New Hampshire; a second MA from Western New Mexico University; and a second Ph.D. in cultural psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked closely with Dr. Magdaleno Manzanarez on North American border issues.

Magdaleno Manzanarez was born in Mexico and "adopted" into a family in northern California’s wine country. He received his AA from Santa Rosa Junior College; his BA from the Universidad de las Americans in Puebla, Mexico; his MA from Sonoma State University; and his Ph.D. from Northern Arizona University. He is a tenured professor of political science and history and the first Vice President for External Affairs at Western New Mexico University. He sits on numerous boards including the Board of Trustee – Gila Regional Medical Center. He has published and presented papers nationally and internationally on border issues, notably those relevant to the Americas. He co-authored NAFTA & Neocolonialism: Comparative Criminal, Human, & Social Justice with Laurence Armans French.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology