Border Perspectives

Chapter 6:

Imagining Borders: Territory and National Identity

Mapping the Myth of America

Robert Berkhofer, Jr.: The White Man's Indian [essay]

with images: European Woodcuts of Native Americans

Christopher Columbus: Journals of the Voyages of Christopher Columbus [journals]

Frederick Jackson Turner: The Significance of the Frontier in American History [essay]

Lillian Schlissel: Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey [diaries]

Stephen Crane: The Blue Hotel [short story]

Patricia Nelson Limerick: Empire of Innocence [essay]

John G. Blair: Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull: The Wild West as Media Event [essay]

e.e. cummings: Buffalo Bill's defunct [poem]

Jane Tompkins: Indians’: Textuality, Moralism, and the Problem of History [essay]

Alternative Frontiers

Wong Sam and Assistants: An English Chinese Phrasebook [document]

Betty Lee Sung: The Pioneer Chinese [essay]

Bret Harte: Wan Lee, The Pagan [short story]

Vine Deloria, Jr.: The Indian Today: The Real and the Unreal [essay]

Louise Erdrich: Scales [short story]

Chrystos: I Have Not Signed a Treaty With the United States [poem]

Richard Rodriguez: India [essay]

Hector Calderon: Redefining the Border

Martin Espada: The Other Alamo

Kathleen Norris: The Beautiful Places

Joel Garreau: Edge City: Life on the New Frontier
and The Words: Glossary of a New Frontier

Reading Across Texts

Synthesis Assignments

Extending the Context

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Image on left obtained from ART Crimes
Image on right obtained from Rare Map Collection

This page was prepared by Audrey Mickahail at the Center for Electronic Projects in American Culture Studies (CEPACS), housed at Georgetown University, under the direction of Randy Bass, Department of English.