The Qualities of a Citizen: Women, Immigration, and Citizenship, 1870-1965 / Edition 1

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"The Qualities of a Citizen traces the application of U.S. immigration and naturalization law to women from the 1870s to the late 1960s. Like no other book before, it explores how racialized, gendered, and historical anxieties shaped our current understandings of the histories of immigrant women. The book takes us from the first federal immigration restrictions against Asian prostitutes in the 1870s to the immigration "reform" measures of the late 1960s. Throughout this period, topics such as morality, family, marriage, poverty, and nationality structured historical debates over women's immigration and citizenship." The book emphasizes the comparative nature of racial ideologies in which the inclusion of one group often came with the exclusion of another. It explores how U.S. officials insisted on the link between race and gender in understanding America's peculiar brand of nationalism. It also serves as a social history of the law, detailing women's experiences and strategies, successes and failures, to belong to the nation.
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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: 9780691089935
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (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
Ch. 1 Immigrants, citizens, and marriage 13
Ch. 2 The limits of derivative citizenship 31
Ch. 3 Seeing difference 50
Ch. 4 Constructing a moral border 73
Ch. 5 Likely to become 87
Ch. 6 Toil and trouble 100
Ch. 7 When Americans are not citizens 121
Ch. 8 When citizens are not white 139
Ch. 9 Reproducing the nation 157
Ch. 10 Women in need 176
Ch. 11 At work in the nation 199
Ch. 12 Families, made in America 223
Ch. 13 Marriage and morality 240
Conclusion : regulating belonging 254
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    U. Washington student '07

    I read this for my women's studies class this is the best book we've read so far... Highly recommended. I gave it to my mom who also loved it. Gardner writes history for historians, but tells her story in a way that keeps those of us who are aspiring inspired.

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