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Defining Documents in American History: American Citizenship

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note

Editor's Introduction


The Development of American Citizenship

Naturalization Act of 1790

The Bill of Rights

Of Man, as a Member of Society, Lectures on Law

Alien and Sedition Acts

Louisiana Purchase Treaty

Speech in Congress on the War of 1812

Democracy in America

On Texan Independence

Petition to the US Congress Regarding the Great Influx of Roman Catholics

Declaration of Principles of the Native American Convention

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Progress and Extent of Immigration Prior to 1819

Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

American Indians and Citizenship

Cherokee Nation v. Georgia

Address of the Lake Mohonk Conference on Indian Affairs

Indian Citizenship Act

Indian Civil Rights Act

African Americans and Citizenship

Dred Scott v. Sandford

Civil Rights Act of 1866

Civil Rights Act of 1875

United States v. Cruikshank

Plessy v. Ferguson

Guinn v. United States

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) plus Enforcement Decree for Same (1955)

Civil Rights Act of 1964

LBJ: “The American Promise”

Speech before Congress on Voting Rights

Latinos/as and Citizenship

A Foreigner in My Own Land

"On Seizing Land from Native Californians"

Walt Whitman: The Spanish Element in Our Nationality

The Repatriation of Mexicans and Mexican Americans

Bracero Program Agreement

Hernandez v. Texas

Plyler v. Doe

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

Letter of Protest Regarding the Treatment of Undocumented Immigrants

DREAM Act of 2010—Bill Summary

Executive Actions on Immigration, 2014

Asians, Asian Americans, and Citizenship

A Chinese American Protest

People v. Hall

Chinese Exclusion Act

Alien Contract Labor Act

United States v. Wong Kim Ark

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to V.H. Metcalf

Ozawa v. United States

United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind

Excerpts of the Munson Report

Executive Order 9066—Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians

Korematsu v. United States

Women and Citizenship

Seneca Falls Convention Declaration of Sentiments

Lecture on Constitutional Equality

Susan B. Anthony: “Is It a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?”

“Women’s Suffrage in a Democratic Republic”

Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Twentieth-Century Formulations

Woodrow Wilson’s Third Annual Message to Congress

Immigration Act of 1917

The National Origins Act (Immigration Act of 1924)

Smith Act (also known as the Alien Registration Act of 1940)

Presidential Proclamation 2526: Alien Enemies—Germans

Presidential Proclamation 2527: Alien Enemies—Italians

Report of the President’s Committee on Civil Rights

McCarran-Walter Act

Presidential Veto of the McCarran-Walter Bill

Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

Twenty-Sixth Amendment

Controversies in Recent Years

Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting

Real ID Act

Civics Test for Naturalization

Statements by Barack Obama and a Spokesperson for Donald Trump Regarding the “Birtherism” Controversy

Arizona v. the United States

Executive Order regarding U.S.-Mexico Border Child Separations

Department of Commerce v. New York

Biden Memorandum on DACA

Biden Proclamation regarding Trump’s Border Wall

Biden Executive Orders on Immigration Enforcement

Special Topics in Citizenship

U.S. Code—Revocation of Naturalization

Trop v. Dulles

Afroyim v. Rusk

Foley v. Connelie

U.S. Code—Admission of Nonimmigrants

Amendment Regarding Naturalization for Permanent Residents Serving in the Military

Honorary Citizenship

Advice About Possible Loss of U.S. Citizenship


Chronological List

Web Resources