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

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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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Jeffrey Rosen
"[A] provocative new history of citizenship in American law." -- The New Republic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300078770
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: The Institution for Social and Policy St
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 730
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Hidden Lessons of American Citizenship Laws 13
2 Fierce New World: The Colonial Sources of American Citizenship 40
3 Forging a Revolutionary People, 1763-1776 70
4 Citizens of Small Republics: The Confederation Era, 1776-1789 87
5 The Constitution and the Quest for National Citizenship 115
6 Attempting National Liberal Citizenship: The Federalist Years, 1789-1801 137
7 Towards a Commercial Nation of White Yeoman Republics: The Jeffersonian Era, 1801-1829 165
8 High Noon of the White Republic: The Age of Jackson, 1829-1856 197
9 Dred Scott Unchained: The Bloody Birth of the Free Labor Republic, 1857-1866 243
10 The America That "Never Was": The Radical Hour, 1866-1876 286
11 The Gilded Age of Ascriptive Americanism, 1876-1898 347
12 Progressivism and the New American Empire, 1898-1912 410
Epilogue: The Party of America 470
Notes 507
Bibliography 645
Index of Cases 673
Index 701
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