North American, Nation-State Projects
This paper is a book review of James Laxer’s Staking Claims to a Continent: John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America. It will summarize Laxer’s narrative on the course of North American nation-state projects. Laxer defines nation-state projects as ventures where leading elements in a nation, which exist within the framework of a larger state, launch a political campaign for secession and subsequent sovereignty. This paper will first examine the nation-state project in the Confederate States of America under Jefferson Davis. Second, it will examine the nation-state project in the United States of America under Abraham Lincoln. And lastly, it will examine the nation-state project in British North America under John A. Macdonald.
Cover Page Footnote
Laxer, James. Staking Claims to a Continent: John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America (Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2016).
Cramer, Alexander J.
"The North American Gamble: An Examination of Nation-State Projects in Canada and the United States,"
The Great Lakes Journal of Undergraduate History: Vol. 5:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholar.uwindsor.ca/gljuh/vol5/iss1/5