Civic Ideals

Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History
Author(s): 
Smith, Rogers M.
ISBN: 
0300069898
Date published: 
January 1997
Paperback
Price: 
£25.00
Pages: 
704

In this pathbreaking book Rogers Smith traces political struggles over American citizenship laws from the colonial period through the Progressive era and shows that for much of the nation's history, most adults were legally denied access to full citizenship solely because of their race, ethnicity or gender. Basic conflicts over liberal and illiberal conceptions of citizenship have driven political development in the U.S., Smith argues, and these conflicts are what truly define American civic identity.