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Dr. Benjamin Hoy Launching A Line of Blood and Dirt (In Person + Streaming)

Thursday Jan 26 2023 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove & YouTube
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Join author Dr. Benjamin Hoy as he discusses his award-winning book A Line of Blood and Dirt: Creating the Canada-United States Border across Indigenous Lands (Oxford University Press). This event will feature a reading, a conversation hosted by Dr. Valerie Korinek, and a book signing.

The event will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove, and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will remain available for viewing thereafter.  Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

A Line of Blood and Dirt traces the history of the Canada-US border from its creation to its contemporary legacies. Fueled by a desire to construct nations on top of those that already existed, the administrators who constructed the border have relied on everything from guards to the deprivation of food to make the border meaningful to everyday life.

The border they created was amorphous. It amplified difference, creating an uneven barrier to movement for the settlers, immigrants, and Indigenous people who lived in its shadow.

Benjamin Hoy is an associate professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, where he directs the Historical GIS Lab.

Valerie J. Korinek is the A.S Morton Chair in History and Research Director in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.


A Line of Blood and Dirt

- Benjamin Hoy

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Winner of the CHA Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize of the Canadian Historical Association *and* Winner of the Best Book in Political History Prize of the Canadian Historical Association The untold history of the multiracial making of the border between Canada and the United States. Often described as the longest undefended border in the world, the Canada-US border was born in blood, conflict, and uncertainty. At the end of the American Revolution, Britain and the United States imagined a future for each of their nations that stretched across a continent. They signed treaties with one another dividing lands neither country could map, much less control. A century and a half later, Canada and the United States had largely fulfilled those earlier ambitions. Both countries had built nations that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific and had made an expansive international border that restricted movement. The vision that seemed so clear in the minds of diplomats and politicians never behaved as such on the ground. Both countries built their border across Indigenous lands using hunger, violence, and coercion to displace existing communities and to disrupt their ideas of territory and belonging. The border's length undermined each nation's attempts at control. Unable to prevent movement at the border's physical location for over a century, Canada and the United States instead found ways to project fear across international lines. They aimed to stop journeys before they even began.