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Buffalo at the CrossroadsThe Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism$
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Peter H. Christensen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749766

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749766.001.0001

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The Peace Bridge and the Rhetoric of Hospitality at the US-Canada Border

The Peace Bridge and the Rhetoric of Hospitality at the US-Canada Border

(p.42) Chapter 2 The Peace Bridge and the Rhetoric of Hospitality at the US-Canada Border
Buffalo at the Crossroads

Peter H. Christensen

Cornell University Press

The chapter discusses the Peace Bridge that traversed the Niagara River and connected Buffalo, New York, and Fort Erie, Ontario. It recounts how the Peace Bridge was inaugurated in 1927 in celebration of one hundred years of peace between the United States and Canada. It also looks at the official rhetoric around the bridge's construction in both the United States and Canada that stressed the themes of neighborliness and hospitality, which two nations had embraced for a century as friends. The chapter includes a poem by Elijah Holt, a local Buffalo lawyer and amateur poet, that was commissioned for the Peace Bridge's inauguration. It explores Holt's romantic portrayal of the bond of US–Canada relations that glossed over a more complicated geopolitical relationship that bore witness to the emergence of a cultural juxtaposition, which the Peace Bridge served to both thwart and emphasize at the same time.

Keywords:   Buffalo, Peace Bridge, United States, Canada, US–Canada relations

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