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The Development of American Citizenship, 1608-1870
"Kettner shows with stunning clarity, as well as full complexity, how subjects of the Crown came to be citizens of the U.S., but with a whole new perspective of the meaning of citizenship. This book illuminates, as no work ever has, the history of naturalization in American jurisprudence. Given the cliché that we are a nation of immigrants, that is no small matter. …It is ...more
Paperback, First paperback edition, 402 pages
Published December 1978 by University of North Carolina Press (for Institute of Early American History & Culture)
(first published 1978)
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Historiography of the American Revolution, 1607-1800
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For a topic that is admittedly abstract at the start, Kettner's survey works reasonably well for essentially an educated layperson. My eyes glazed over on occasion. There's only so much one take concerning variations in colonial naturalization laws. The key point from the first half is to establish what the presumptions regarding citizenship were at the time of the adoption of the Constitution. Then one can segue into the actual discussion of US citizenship. There could have been more discussion ...more