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US History – Movement in the Early Republic, 1754-1800

3. Population Control

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In this module, we focus on US efforts at population control on the regions. The Proclamation of 1763 has a limited effect in reducing population spread into the Old Northwest. After the Treaty of Paris (1783), the US also attempts to control population movement to these areas in an effort to reduce the costs of expansion. It does this with the use of treaties with Native Americans and laws to protect these populations.


In this course, Professor Stephen Rockwell (St. Joseph's College, New York) explains how and why migration and immigration to and within North America caused competition and conflict over the period 1754-1800. We start by looking at immigration to North America and the 'Middle Ground' in this period. We then turn to look at the French and Indian War for control and influence of the Middle Ground. The next two modules will look at how Britain and later the US tried to control their populations and how these strategies were resisted. In the penultimate module we will discuss the unsteady nature of the early Republic. Finally, we will explore slavery and population movement in the early Republic.


Stephen J. Rockwell is a Professor of Political Science at St. Joseph's College, New York. He specialises on a number of areas including: national institutions; public administration; race, ethnicity and politics (including American Indian affairs and immigration issues); and American political development more generally. He has written a number of books including Indian Affairs and the Administrative State in the Nineteenth Century and How Big Government Won the West.

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