True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism

True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism

by Noah Pickus


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691121727
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2005
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Noah Pickus is Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He teaches at Sanford Institute of Public Policy and is the editor of Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Naturalization and Nationhood in Three Eras 6

Citizenship in Theory and Practice 11

Chapter One: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Nation's Founding 15

Diversity and Nationhood 16

Immigration and Citizenship 22

"Men Who Can Shake Off Their Attachments to Their Own Country" 25

America's Civic Character 29

Chapter Two: Alienage and Nationalism in the Early Republic 34

Partisan and Ideological Divisions 35

"The Constitution Was Made for Citizens, Not Aliens" 37

The Rights of Aliens, Citizens, and States 42

Marshall, Madison, and Moderate Civic Nationalism 47

Chapter Three: The Free White Clause of 1790 52

Why White? 53

"We Have the Wolf by the Ears": Obstacles to Integration 56

Emancipation without Citizenship 58

Civic Nationalism and the Claims of History 61

Chapter Four: Americanization and Pluralism in the Progressive Era 64

Citizenship and Nativism, 1830-1911 65

Americanization, Progressivism, and John Dewey's International Nationalism 71

Randolph Bourne, Jane Addams, and the Practice of Pluralism 76

Chapter Five: Nationalism in the Progressive Era 85

Roosevelt's New Nationalism 86

Naturalization and Constitutional Attachment 90

Education for Citizenship 96

"We Mutually Pledge to Each Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor": Frances Kellor and the National Americanization Committee 100

Chapter Six: World War I and the Turn to Coercion 107

Tightening the Boundaries of Citizenship 108

Postwar Americanization and the Specter of Separatism 112

The Peril and the Promise of Civic Nationalism 118

Chapter Seven: Immigration and Citizenship at Century's End 124

From New Deal Nationalism to Nationality as a Human Right 125

"Name One Benefit of Being a Citizen of the United States": Amnesty and the New Naturalization Process 131

Alien Rights and Minority Representation 136

The Return of the Nation 140

Chapter Eight: A New Civic Nationalism 147

Bourneian and Rooseveltian Civic Nationalism 148

Alternatives to Civic Nationalism 153

The Evasion of Politics and the Madisonian Moment 160

Tolerance, Neglect, and Governance by Proposition 164

Epilogue 171

Immigration and Immigrant Policy 173

What Naturalization Can Do 175

Beyond Naturalization 178

Dual Citizenship and Global Linkages 181

Notes 185

Index 241

What People are Saying About This

Daniel Tichenor

Noah Pickus offers a provocative account of American nationalism and the politics of immigrant incorporation. Claiming a centrist tradition that defies the familiar extremes on this issue, True Faith and Allegiance offers a sophisticated set of arguments that are sure to spark debate among scholars and political activists. It also represents an effective blending of political theory and policy analysis.
Daniel Tichenor, Rutgers University, author of "Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America"

Peter Skerry

This book will be an important and original contribution to America's ongoing debate over immigration. It lays claim to some much-needed middle ground in a policy domain that is far too polarized. Ranging over political theory, law, and history, Noah Pickus wades into the most pressing public policy debates of our era. He manages to produce a work of policy analysis and political theory at the same time. The topic of citizenship has called out for such a treatment. Now it has one.
Peter Skerry, Boston College and the Brookings Institution, author of "Counting on the Census? Race, Group, Identity, and the Evasion of Politics"

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