Carla Mendiola

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This study follows two families living on the Maine and Texas borders in order to explore how seemingly different border communities shared much in common as they developed in the broader context of the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. A brief background history of the two border areas and families is followed by a more detailed look, beginning with a comparison of the conflicts that finalized the borderlines of each state, and ending with a description of the key factors involved in hybrid-culture formation on these borders. The family vignettes offer a window onto examples of how community members were affected by, reacted to, or participated in some of these broader events. There were similarities and differences between both areas – in terms of the border dynamics, the development of the two communities, and their distinct hybrid cultures – and both border areas evolved in a similar way. The author is a History doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.