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The Qualities of a Citizen: Women, Immigration, and Citizenship, 1870-1965 Hardcover – April 24, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0691089935 ISBN-10: 0691089930 Edition: First Edition
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"Martha Gardner's full and richly detailed book . . . is an insightful analysis of the application of United States immigration and citizenship law to women across a broad spectrum of classes and races between 1870 and the late 1960s. . . . Gardner's devotion to her sources, evident in the stunning details she provides, makes the history come alive."--Beatrice McKenzie, Journal of American Ethnic History

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"This book fills a huge gap in the scholarly literature. Not only is the subject an important one, but the research base is excellent. Gardner wisely decided to work directly with immigration files--a surprisingly little used, and wonderfully rich, group of historical sources--and to include both East and West Coast immigrants. The Qualities of a Citizen will appeal to scholars across the humanities, social sciences, and legal fields, as well as to the general reader."--Peggy Pascoe, University of Oregon

"The Qualities of a Citizen offers important new insights regarding the historical construction of national identity and contributes to the burgeoning field of border studies. It offers a useful and important contribution to the literatures of immigration history and women's history."--Sarah Deutsch, Duke University


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; First Edition edition (April 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691089930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691089935
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,642,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gloglow2u on May 17, 2011
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I bought this book for a class. It's great, really informative and an interesting study of women and citizenship. Definitely recommend if you are interested in those subjects. I like the fact that the book gives a lot of examples of immigration cases of real women.
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