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By Peter Kastor

How do you govern humans in a international land? How do you govern whilst the folk problem the govt. imposed upon them? How do you reply to that resistance while you're dedicated to making new freedoms for the folks? In America's fight with Empire, historian Peter Kastor has rigorously compiled and edited a different rfile assortment that explores how americans have addressed those complicated matters through the years. Drawing from a variety of basic resources, this attention-grabbing new reference brings extraordinary concentration to the heritage of U.S. makes an attempt to control overseas territories and noncitizens. With assistance from introductory essays and explanatory headnotes, the quantity examines how those encounters were considered by means of americans, and the way they've got formed the connection among the U.S. and the remainder of the realm.

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But, says the gentleman from Tennessee (Mr. ” I deny it. Sir—as citizens of New Orleans, or of Louisiana, they never have been, and by the mode proposed never will be, citizens of the United States . . This Constitution never was, and never can be strained to lap over all the wilderness of the West, without essentially affecting both the rights and convenience of its real properties. It was never constructed to form a covering for the inhabitants of the Missouri, and the Red River country. And whenever it is attempted to be stretched over them, it will rend asunder .

The legislative council shall consist of five members, to continue in office five years, unless sooner removed by Congress, any three of whom to be a quorum, and the members of the council shall be nominated and appointed in the following manner, to wit: As soon as representatives shall be elected, the governor shall appoint a time and place for them to meet together, and, when met, they shall nominate ten persons, residents in the district, and each possessed of a freehold in five hundred acres of land, and return their names to Congress; five of whom Congress shall appoint and commission to serve as aforesaid; and whenever a vacancy shall happen in the council, A G ROWING N ATION , 1776–1848 21 by death or removal from office, the house of representatives shall nominate two persons, qualified as aforesaid, for each vacancy, and return their names to Congress; one of whom Congress shall appoint and commission for the residue of the term; and every five years, four months at least before the expiration of the time of service of the members of council, the said house shall nominate ten persons, qualified as aforesaid, and return their names to Congress, five of whom Congress shall appoint and commission to serve as members of the council five years, unless sooner removed.

Citizenship, bringing with it political rights they had never known as European colonial subjects. ” The Spanish first constituted the region as a strategic periphery to the more vital colony of 16 A MERICA ’ S S TRUGGLE WITH E MPIRE Mexico. When the empire of Mexico secured its independence in 1821, the Mexican leadership treated Texas the same way. Eagerly welcoming Anglo-American settlers to a place where few Mexicans wanted to live, the Mexican government came to regret the decision. Anglo-Americans took immediate offense when the Mexican government imposed restrictions on slavery and on local self-government.

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