9780691133966

True Faith and Allegiance

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  • ISBN13:

    9780691133966

  • ISBN10:

    0691133964

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-08-06
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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Summary

True Faith and Allegianceis a provocative account of nationalism and the politics of turning immigrants into citizens and Americans. Noah Pickus offers an alternative to the wild swings between emotionally fraught positions on immigration and citizenship of the past two decades. Drawing on political theory, history, and law, he argues for a renewed civic nationalism that melds principles and peoplehood. This tradition of civic nationalism held sway at America's founding and in the Progressive Era. Pickus explores how, from James Madison to Teddy Roosevelt, its proponents sought to combine reason and reverence and to balance inclusion and exclusion. He takes us through controversies over citizenship for blacks and the rights of aliens at the nation's founding, examines the interplay of ideas and institutions in the Americanization movement in the 1910s and 1920s, and charts how both left and right promoted a policy of neglect toward immigrants and toward citizenship in the second half of the twentieth century. True Faith and Allegianceshows that contemporary debates over a range of immigration and citizenship policies cannot be resolved by appeals to fixed notions of creed or culture, but require a supple civic nationalism that bridges the gap between immigrants' needs and American principles and practices. It is critical reading for scholars, policy makers, and all who care about immigrants and about America.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Naturalization and Nationhood in Three Erasp. 6
Citizenship in Theory and Practicep. 11
Immigration, Citizenship, and the Nation's Foundingp. 15
Diversity and Nationhoodp. 16
Immigration and Citizenshipp. 22
""Men Who Can Shake Off Their Attachments to Their Own Country""p. 25
America's Civic Characterp. 29
Alienage and Nationalism in the Early Republicp. 34
Partisan and Ideological Divisionsp. 35
""The Constitution Was Made for Citizens, Not Aliens""p. 37
The Rights of Aliens
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