A Nationality of Her Own: Women, Marriage, and the Law of by Candice Lewis Bredbenner

Women In History

By Candice Lewis Bredbenner

In 1907, the government declared that any American lady marrying a foreigner needed to suppose the nationality of her husband, and thereby denationalized millions of yankee ladies. This hugely unique learn follows the dramatic adaptations in women's nationality rights, citizenship legislation, and immigration coverage within the usa throughout the past due revolutionary and interwar years, putting the heritage and effect of "derivative citizenship" in the vast context of the women's suffrage flow. Making outstanding use of fundamental resources, and using unique files from many prime women's reform businesses, executive organizations, Congressional hearings, and federal litigation concerning women's naturalization and expatriation, Candice Bredbenner presents a clean modern feminist viewpoint on key old, political, and felony debates when it comes to citizenship, nationality, political empowerment, and their implications for women's criminal prestige within the usa. This interesting and well-constructed account contributes profoundly to a big yet little-understood point of the women's rights circulate in twentieth-century the United States.

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6, 1917, the Naturalization Bureau in New York City was deluged with married women seeking citizenship. The women were informed at that time that they must await their husband's naturalization. Suffragists wanted to regulate, not exclude, foreign-born women's appearance at the polls. " "Americanizing Our New Women Citizens," Life and Labor 7 (May 1918): 97. v... " "Italian Women in New York Tenements," WJ, July 23, 1904, 236. ― 52 ― learn to take full advantage of the benefits of living in a democratic and modern society, but her independent naturalization was an essential step in that civic education.

V... [44] "Says Our Women Influence Europe. Rev. Dr. MacArthur Talks on Good and Bad Features of International Marriages," New York Times, 20 Jan. 1908, 6. [45] "American Women of Title Scorned," New York Times, 29 Jan. 1908, 3. McGavin was promoting a bill to tax the property of expatriate women. , Women Are Wonderful. : Riverside Press, 1956), 50, 51, 146. ― 64 ― Woman's rights groups were uncharacteristically unprepared to thwart this major legislative move by their national government. Perhaps they did not try to shield titled women from these blasts of opprobrium because they silently condoned the women's indictment.

42] Transatlantic marriages of the country's social elite were often deprecated as purely mammonistic arrangements, a characterization designed to affirm the moral bankruptcy of such unions. "[43] Such marriages were "a matter of sale and purchase," the Rev. Dr. R. S. Mac [41] WJ, July 23, 1904, 236. Henry B. Blackwell was the editor of the Journal at that time. [42] James Blaine, J. W. Buel, John Clark Redpath, and Benj. Butterworth, Columbus and Columbia (Philadelphia: Historical Publishing, 1892), 64.

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