John Morton's dissertation, “To Settle the Frontier on Sober Principles: Power, Faith, and Nationality in the New England-Maritime Borderlands,” explores the evolution of the international boundary in the northeast. He examines the way the British and Americans first collaborated, and then competed, in soliciting settlers for northern New England and what would become eastern Canada. Patriot and loyalist identities, so important in wartime, were quickly abandoned afterwards. The post-revolutionary era rapidly reverted to prewar patterns, as settlers looked for fertile land and economic connectivity. For decades, the only people who consistently respected the border were representatives of the churches: Congregational on the US side, Anglican and Methodist on the British. Aided by state funding, Massachusetts Congregationalists were the most successful at sending preachers, distributing books, opening schools, and collecting donations in the borderland. Gradually, American communities became connected to each other and to a network centered on Boston, which gave the border a weight and clarity it had not previously possessed. In the end, church networks, rather than political differences, created a solid border.