"Frontiers in the Gilded Age" by Andrew Offenburger

Frontiers in the Gilded Age Adventure, Capitalism, and Dispossession from Southern Africa to the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, 1880-1917 Andrew Offenburger

The Lamar Series in Western History
Publication date:
13 Aug 2019
Yale University Press
320 pages: 235 x 156 x 27mm
23 b-w illus.

The surprising connections between the American frontier and empire in Southern Africa, and the people who participated in both

In the late nineteenth century, the U.S.-Mexican borderlands constituted one stop beyond the United States where Americans chased capitalist dreams. Crisscrossing the American West, southern Africa, and northern Mexico, Andrew Offenburger examines how frontier spaces could glitter with potential and grandiose dreams, expose the flawed and immoral strategies of profiteers, and yet reveal the capacity for resistance and resilience that Indigenous people summoned when threatened. Through a series of stories, Offenburger explores how a shared frontier ideology shaped a global system.

Andrew Offenburger is assistant professor of history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 2014–2015 he was the David J. Weber Postdoctoral Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies.