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Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History (The Institution for Social and Policy St)

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ISBN-13: 978-0300078770
ISBN-10: 0300078773
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Smith (political science, Yale) presents a history of American citizenship from Colonial times to the present. His central theme is the conflict between the ascriptive and consensual approaches to defining civic identities. The former reflects the predominance of political and economic pressures in legislative decision making and judicial interpretation at the expense of the latter, a more humanistic approach where the natural, organic rights of the individual determine the rights of citizenship. Smith concedes that the bifurcated nature of these forces is unavoidable in an inherently political society like ours, and yet he chastises politicians and jurists for their inability to repudiate half the formula, thus weakening his argument. Smith's book is an excellent chronology of the people, parties, movements, and developments in this often ignored area of American legal history, and its value in filling this gap outweighs the author's tendency for critical commentary out of historical context. Scholarly reading recommended for academic and specialized interests.?Phillip Young Blue, New York State Supreme Court Criminal Branch Lib., New York
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Smith is a professor of political science at Yale University.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Institution for Social and Policy St
  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (April 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300078773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300078770
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Civic Ideals is a book every american should read.Prof.Smith has demonstrated clearly how trough history the United States have had diferents meanings about the citizenship.In the case of Puerto Rico-the last colony of the world-we the Puerto Ricans have a second-class citizenship.The author sumarize very well our case with the insular cases and Balzac vs. People of Puerto Rico.Also Smith analize the legal debate in the Harvard Law Review,but do not mention the Yale Law Journal(Adams,Elmer B.,"The Causes and Results of Our War with Spain from a legal Standpoint."VII(1899),pag.119 and Parker,Le Roy,"The Constitution of Porto Rico",X (1901),pag.136.)and Columbia Law Review;Fuller,Paul,"Some Constitutional Questions Suggested by Recent Acquisitions"I(1901),pag.108).For people who want to know the real constitutional history of The United States this book is excellent.Is one of my favorites books.
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This is one of the few books that I have started and then quit part way through. I had to force myself to continue reading after about page 50 and then quit at 200. It was very dry content and read too much like a doctoral dissertation. In addition, assumptions were made about the readers knowledge of court cases related to civic rights.
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