From the University Press of Kansas. The mythmakers of US expansion have expressed “manifest destiny” in many different ways—and so have its many discontents. A multidisciplinary study that delves into these contrasts and contradictions, Inventing Destiny offers a broad yet penetrating cultural history of nineteenth-century US territorial acquisition—a history that gives voice to the underrepresented actors who significantly complicated US narratives of empire, from Native Americans and Anglo-American women to anti- and non-national expansionists. The contributors—established and emerging scholars from history, American studies, literary studies, art history, and religious studies—make use of source materials and techniques as various as artwork, religion, geospatial analysis, interior colonialism, and storytelling alongside fresh readings of traditional historical texts. For more information see the Inventing Destiny page
I received my copy of Reconsidering Regions in an Era of New Nationalism today. Thanks to Alex Finkelstein and Anne Hyde for their patience and guidance throughout the conceptualization and revision processes and for shepherding this project to publication. I am pleased to be a part of this important discussion. My article, "Where the East Peters Out: Dallas, Fort Worth, and Regional Branding in the Great Southwest" examines how the boosters of these rival cities invented region as a means to secure economic hinterlands. For more about the article click (here).