Birthright Citizens

Recommended by Sherrilyn Ifill, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #74 in Citizenship

Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in the United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the US Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. Still, Martha S. Jones explains, no single case defined their status. Former slaves studied law, secured allies, and conducted themselves like citizens, establishing their status through local, everyday claims. All... more

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Sherrilyn Ifill But the provision - designed first & foremost to ensure citizenship for Blacks - guarantees citizenship for anyone born on our soil - a democratic innovation that set the U.S. apart from much of Europe. The brilliant scholar @marthasjones_ has a new book out that is a MUST READ. (Source)

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