Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America by Peter Andreas

Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America

byPeter Andreas

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America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th century, to French condoms and Canadian booze in the early 20th century, to Mexicanworkers and Colombian cocaine in the modern era. Contraband capitalism, it turns out, has been an integral part of American capitalism.Providing a sweeping narrative history from colonial times to the present, Smuggler Nation, now available in paperback to retell the story of America - and of its engagement with its neighbors and the rest of the world -as a series of highly contentious battles over clandestine commerce. As PeterAndreas demonstrates in this provocative and fascinating work, smuggling has played a pivotal and too often overlooked role in America's birth, westward expansion, and economic development, while anti-smuggling campaigns have dramatically enhanced the federal government's policing powers. The greatirony, Andreas tells us, is that a country that was born and grew up through smuggling is today the world's leading anti-smuggling crusader. In tracing America's long and often tortuous relationship with the murky underworld of smuggling, Andreas provides a much-needed antidote to today's hyperbolic depictions of out-of-control borders and growing global crime threats. Urgent calls by politicians and pundits to regain control of thenation's borders suffer from a severe case of historical amnesia, nostalgically implying that they were ever actually under control. This is pure mythology, says Andreas. For better and for worse, America's borders have always been highly porous. Far from being a new and unprecedented danger to America, the illicit underside of globalization is actually an old American tradition. As Andreas shows, it goes back not just decades but centuries. And its impact has been decidedly double-edged, not only subverting U.S. laws but also helping tofuel America's evolution from a remote British colony to the world's pre-eminent superpower.

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Peter Andreas is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He was previously an Academy Scholar at Harvard University, a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellow on International Peace and Security. Andreas has ...

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Title:Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: A Nation of SmugglersPART I. The Colonial Era1. The Golden Age of Illicit Trade2. The Smuggling Road to Revolution3. The Smuggling War of IndependencePART II. The Early Republic4. Contraband and Embargo Busting in the New Nation5. Traitorous Traders and Patriot Pirates6. The Illicit Industrial RevolutionPART III. Westward Expansion, Slavery, and the Civil War7. Bootleggers and Fur Traders in Indian Country8. Illicit Slavers and the Perpetuation of the Slave Trade9. Blood Cotton and Blockade-RunnersPART IV. The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era10. Tariff Evaders and Enforcers11. Sex, Smugglers, and Purity Crusaders12. Coming to America Through the Backdoor13. Rumrunners and ProhibitionistsPART V. Into the Modern Age14. America's Century-long Drug War15. Border Wars and the Underside of Economic Integration16. America and Illicit Globalization in the 21st CenturyEpilogueNotesIndex

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"In Smuggler Nation, Peter Andreas recounts the well-worn story of American independence less as a lofty quest for freedom per se than as a struggle for freedom from onerous trade restrictions. He points out that many of the important freedoms protected by the Constitution, though they owedtheir intellectual pedigree to Locke and Montesquieu, had their origin in the travails of colonial smugglers trying to get molasses or gunpowder or Madeira past British customs agents." --Eric Felten, The Wall Street Journal