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Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000


ISBN13: 9781107698512
Published: November 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781107030213



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This book reconceptualizes the history of US immigration and citizenship law from the colonial period to the beginning of the twenty-first century by joining the histories of immigrants to those of Native Americans, African Americans, women, Asian Americans, Latino/a Americans and the poor.

Parker argues that during the earliest stages of American history, being legally constructed as a foreigner, along with being subjected to restrictions on presence and movement, was not confined to those who sought to enter the country from the outside, but was also used against those on the inside. Insiders thus shared important legal disabilities with outsiders. It is only over the course of four centuries, with the spread of formal and substantive citizenship among the domestic population, a hardening distinction between citizen and alien, and the rise of a powerful centralized state, that the uniquely disabled legal subject we recognize today as the immigrant has emerged.

Subjects:
Legal History, Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Foreigners and borders in British North America
3. Logics of revolution
4. Blacks, Indians, and other aliens in antebellum America
5. The rise of the federal immigration order
6. Closing the gates in the early twentieth century
7. A rights revolution?
8. Conclusion and coda.