Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875-1910 by Andrew R. GraybillPolicing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875-1910 by Andrew R. Graybill

Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875-1910

byAndrew R. Graybill

Paperback | November 1, 2007

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In the late nineteenth century, the Texas Rangers and Canada’s North-West Mounted Police were formed to bring the resource-rich hinterlands at either end of the Great Plains under governmental control. Native and rural peoples often found themselves squarely in the path of this westward expansion and the law enforcement agents that led the way. Though separated by nearly two thousand miles, the Rangers and Mounties performed nearly identical functions, including subjugating Indigenous groups; dispossessing peoples of mixed ancestry; defending the property of big cattlemen; and policing industrial disputes. Yet the means by which the two forces achieved these ends sharply diverged; while the Rangers often relied on violence, the Mounties usually exercised restraint, a fact that highlights some of the fundamental differences between the U.S. and Canadian Wests. Policing the Great Plains presents the first comparative history of the two most famous constabularies in the world.
Andrew R. Graybill is an assistant professor of history at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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Title:Policing the Great Plains: Rangers, Mounties, and the North American Frontier, 1875-1910Format:PaperbackDimensions:293 pages, 8.99 × 6.01 × 0.61 inPublished:November 1, 2007Publisher:UNP - Nebraska PaperbackLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

 

List of Illustrations

 

Introduction: “Similar Organizations in Other Parts”

 

Chapter 1: Instruments of Incorporation

 

Chapter 2: Subjugating Indigenous Groups

 

Chapter 3: Dispossessing Peoples of Mixed Ancestry

 

Chapter 4: Defending the Cattleman’s Empire

 

Chapter 5: Policing the Industrial Frontier

 

Epilogue: “Deeds, Real and Imagined”

 

Notes

 

Bibliography

 

Index

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"[Graybill's] work emerges as one of the most carefully crafted examples of comparative and transnational history published in recent years, and it stands as a model study for the other frontier law enforcement agencies around the world."—Michael L. Tate, Journal of Military History
- Michael L. Tate - Journal of Military History