By Lawrence B. A. Hatter
Like service provider ships flying flags of comfort to navigate foreign
waters, investors within the northern borderlands of the early American republic exploited loopholes
within the Jay Treaty that allowed them to prevent border laws by way of continuously moving between
British and American nationality. In Citizens of Convenience, Lawrence Hatter
indicates how this tradition undermined the U.S.’ declare to nationhood and threatened
the transcontinental imperial aspirations of U.S.
The U.S.-Canadian border was once a severe site
of usa state- and empire-building in the course of the first 40 years of the republic.
Hatter explains how the trouble of distinguishing U.S. electorate from British topics on the
border posed an important problem to the USA’ founding declare that it shaped a
separate and particular country. to set up authority over either its personal nationals and an array of
non-nationals inside of its borders, U.S. customs and territorial officers needed to tailor policies
to neighborhood wishes whereas delineating and validating club within the nationwide neighborhood. This type
of diplomacy—balancing the neighborhood with the transnational—helped to outline the yankee humans as
a unique kingdom in the innovative Atlantic global and stake out the United States’
imperial area in North America.
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