The Qualities of a Citizen: Women, Immigration, and Citizenship, 1870-1965

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"This book fills a huge gap in the scholarly literature. Not only is the subject an important one, but the research base is excellent. Gardner wisely decided to work directly with immigration files—a surprisingly little used, and wonderfully rich, group of historical sources—and to include both East and West Coast immigrants. The Qualities of a Citizen will appeal to scholars across the humanities, social sciences, and legal fields, as well as to the general reader."—Peggy Pascoe, University of Oregon

"The Qualities of a Citizen offers important new insights regarding the historical construction of national identity and contributes to the burgeoning field of border studies. It offers a useful and important contribution to the literatures of immigration history and women's history."—Sarah Deutsch, Duke University

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Journal of American Ethnic History - Beatrice McKenzie
Martha Gardner's full and richly detailed book . . . is an insightful analysis of the application of United States immigration and citizenship law to women across a broad spectrum of classes and races between 1870 and the late 1960s. . . . Gardner's devotion to her sources, evident in the stunning details she provides, makes the history come alive.
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"Martha Gardner's full and richly detailed book . . . is an insightful analysis of the application of United States immigration and citizenship law to women across a broad spectrum of classes and races between 1870 and the late 1960s. . . . Gardner's devotion to her sources, evident in the stunning details she provides, makes the history come alive."—Beatrice McKenzie, Journal of American Ethnic History
Journal of American Ethnic History
Martha Gardner's full and richly detailed book . . . is an insightful analysis of the application of United States immigration and citizenship law to women across a broad spectrum of classes and races between 1870 and the late 1960s. . . . Gardner's devotion to her sources, evident in the stunning details she provides, makes the history come alive.
— Beatrice McKenzie
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691144436
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Gardner is Assistant Professor of History at DePaul University.

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Table of Contents

In the Shadow of the Law 1

PART I: Wives, Mothers, and Maids

Chapter One: Immigrants, Citizens, and Marriage 13
Chapter Two: The Limits of Derivative Citizenship 31
Chapter Three: Seeing Difference 50
Chapter Four: Constructing a Moral Border 73
Chapter Five: Likely to Become 87
Chapter Six: Toil and Trouble 100

PART II: Citizens, Residents, and Non-Americans

Chapter Seven: When Americans Are Not Citizens 121
Chapter Eight: When Citizens Are Not White 139
Chapter Nine: Reproducing the Nation 157
Chapter Ten: Women in Need 176
Chapter Eleven: At Work in the Nation 199

PART III: Marriage, Family, and the Law

Chapter Twelve: Families, Made in America 223
Chapter Thirteen: Marriage and Morality 240
Conclusion: Regulating Belonging 254
A Brief Guide to Archival Sources 257
Acknowledgments 261
Index 263

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