This introductory chapter lays out the major historiographic trends that have culminated in the current literature on American borderlands. It explores how Herbert Bolton used the term as a euphemism for the Southern frontier and how a series of scholars have overturned and challenged his presumptions. These include scholars of the West, Native America, Chicano/a studies, and they have pushed borderlands scholarship in new geographic and chronological directions. The introductory chapter further explores the collective and individual intellectual contributions of the volume’s essays.
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