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
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Yale University Press


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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300078770
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/10/1999
Series: Institution for Social and Policy St Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(12)
1 The Hidden Lessons of American Citizenship Laws
2 Fierce New World The Colonial Sources of American Citizenship
3 Forging a Revolutionary People, 1763-1776
4 Citizens of Small Republics The Confederation Era, 1776-1789
5 The Constitution and the Quest for National Citizenship
6 Attempting National Liberal Citizenship The Federalist Years, 1789-1801
7 Toward a Commercial Nation of White Yeoman Republics The Jeffersonian Era, 1801-1829
8 High Noon of the White Republic The Age of Jackson, 1829-1856
9 Dred Scott Unchained The Bloody Birth of the Free Labor Republic, 1857-1866
10 The America That "Never Was" The Radical Hour, 1866-1876
11 The Gilded Age of Ascriptive Americanism, 1876-1898
12 Progressivism and the New American Empire, 1898-1912
Epilogue The Party of America 470(37)
Notes 507(138)
Bibliography 645(28)
Index of Cases 673(28)
Index 701

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