Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History / Edition 1

Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History / Edition 1

by Rogers M. Smith
     
 

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 how and why throughout this time most adults were legally denied access to full citizenship, including political rights, solely because of their race, ethnicity, or gender.

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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 how and why throughout this time most adults were legally denied access to full citizenship, including political rights, solely because of their race, ethnicity, or gender.

"An important and original argument that ranges through a long period of American history and makes a major contribution to the debate about the bases of American nationality and civic identity."-Eric Foner

"Civic Ideals is a work of scholarly ambition on a Victorian scale."-Jeremy Rabkin, Public Interest

"Extensively documented, grand in its aspirations, bold in its arguments, and highly significant, . . . Smith's book is a towering achievement. . . . [It] will be of great interest to specialists in American history, political culture, and ideology, and particularly to those who are interested in race, gender, and ethnic relations."-Michael McCann, Law and Politics Book Review

"Each chapter is learned, provocative, full of telling quotations and appropriate statistical or institutional facts. The book will be carefully read and deeply mined. . . . Wonderfully learned, passionately argued, carefully constructed."-Jennifer Hochschild, Political Science Quarterly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300078770
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
The Institution for Social and Policy St
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
730
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.60(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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