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Rethinking American History in a Global Age$
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Thomas Bender

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230576

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230576.001.0001

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From Euro- and Afro-Atlantic to Pacific Migration System

From Euro- and Afro-Atlantic to Pacific Migration System

A Comparative Migration Approach to North American History

(p.194) (p.195) Eight From Euro- and Afro-Atlantic to Pacific Migration System
Rethinking American History in a Global Age

Dirk Hoerder

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the United States and Canada using a continental perspective. It begins with a discussion of the interconnectedness of state-wide, global, and family economies and cultures. The chapter then introduces the agency of migrants, before presenting a summary of three transoceanic migration systems and an evolving continental zone of mobility. This is followed by a discussion of the relationship between free and unfree migrations. The chapter reveals that a continental perspective can show a shift of predominance from Latin America to the Euro-American North. This can be best understood in terms of cultural and bicultural regions. A review of historians' attitudes and paradigms joined to a Euro- or U.S.-centered perspective is included.

Keywords:   continental perspective, agency of migrants, transoceanic migration systems, continental zone, mobility, free migrations, unfree migrations, Euro-American North

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