Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History

Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History

by Rogers M. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300069898

ISBN-13: 9780300069891

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: Yale University Press

Is civic identity in the United States really defined by liberal, democratic political principles? Or is U.S. citizenship the product of multiple traditions - not only liberalism and republicanism but also white supremacy, Anglo-Saxon supremacy, Protestant supremacy, and male supremacy? In this powerful and disturbing book, Rogers Smith traces political struggles over…  See more details below

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Is civic identity in the United States really defined by liberal, democratic political principles? Or is U.S. citizenship the product of multiple traditions - not only liberalism and republicanism but also white supremacy, Anglo-Saxon supremacy, Protestant supremacy, and male supremacy? In this powerful and disturbing book, Rogers Smith traces political struggles over U.S. citizenship laws from the colonial period through the Progressive era and shows that throughout this time, most adults were legally denied access to full citizenship, including political rights, solely because of their race, ethnicity, or gender. Basic conflicts over these denials have driven political development in the U.S., Smith argues. These conflicts are what truly define U.S. civic identity up to this day. Smith concludes that today the United States is in a period of reaction against the egalitarian civic reforms of the last generation, with nativist, racist, and sexist beliefs regaining influence. He suggests ways that proponents of liberal democracy should alter their view of U.S. citizenship in order to combat these developments more effectively.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300069891
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
The Institution for Social and Policy St
Pages:
734
Product dimensions:
6.55(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.83(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Hidden Lessons of American Citizenship Laws13
2Fierce New World: The Colonial Sources of American Citizenship40
3Forging a Revolutionary People, 1763-177670
4Citizens of Small Republics: The Confederation Era, 1776-178987
5The Constitution and the Quest for National Citizenship115
6Attempting National Liberal Citizenship: The Federalist Years, 1789-1801137
7Towards a Commercial Nation of White Yeoman Republics: The Jeffersonian Era, 1801-1829165
8High Noon of the White Republic: The Age of Jackson, 1829-1856197
9Dred Scott Unchained: The Bloody Birth of the Free Labor Republic, 1857-1866243
10The America That "Never Was": The Radical Hour, 1866-1876286
11The Gilded Age of Ascriptive Americanism, 1876-1898347
12Progressivism and the New American Empire, 1898-1912410
Epilogue: The Party of America470
Notes507
Bibliography645
Index of Cases673
Index701

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