A Nationality of Her Own

A Nationality of Her Own

Women, Marriage, and the Law of Citizenship

eBook - 1998
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In 1907, the United States Congress passed a statute declaring that American women must assume the nationalities of their husbands, and thereby began to summarily denationalize the thousands of American women who had already married foreign nationals. In A Nationality of Her Own, Candice Bredbenner follows the dramatic variations in women's nationality rights, citizenship law, and immigration policy in the United States and examines the impact of "derivative citizenship" and its relationship to the woman's suffrage movement during the late Progressive and interwar years. Bredbenner restores the issue of consensual citizenship for women to its original prominence in the interwar reform record of American female activists, and reveals the extensive impact and the severity of the federal laws that divested American women who wed foreigners of their status as citizens conscripted the allegiance of immigrant wives whose husbands were American men, and denied naturalization to any woman whose spouse was not an American citizen. Incredibly, as Bredbenner shows, the United States government did not relinquish this discretion over women's citizenship until 1934.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1998.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 294 pages)

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