By Candice Lewis Bredbenner
In 1907, the government declared that any American lady marrying a foreigner needed to suppose the nationality of her husband, and thereby denationalized hundreds of thousands of yank ladies. This hugely unique examine follows the dramatic diversifications in women's nationality rights, citizenship legislation, and immigration coverage within the usa throughout the overdue revolutionary and interwar years, putting the background and effect of "derivative citizenship" in the vast context of the women's suffrage move. Making notable use of basic assets, and using unique records from many best women's reform enterprises, executive firms, Congressional hearings, and federal litigation regarding women's naturalization and expatriation, Candice Bredbenner offers a clean modern feminist point of view on key historic, political, and felony debates on the subject of citizenship, nationality, political empowerment, and their implications for women's felony prestige within the usa. This attention-grabbing and well-constructed account contributes profoundly to an immense yet little-understood element of the women's rights circulation in twentieth-century the USA.
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For some Americans, a titled American was an affront to American ideals, a blatant repudiation of democratic tradition. American society had acquired a class of families of unprecedented wealth whose opulent lifestyles stirred both popular awe and resentment. For some Americans of more modest financial means this spectacular wealth reflected the country's economic prosperity and power; for others, the extravagant materialism and aristocratic pretensions of the extraordinarily wealthy seemed downright un-American.
Citizenship without her express consent, thus violating her constitutional guarantee of due process. v... Mackenzie v. Hare, 165 Cal. S. )  "Becomes Citizen for Wife's Vote," WJ, Dec. 20, 1913, 401. The Journal had scattered earlier reports on the 1907 statute, but the Mackenzie case sharpened its attention. In 1910, the editors noted that many alien men had relied on their American wives' testimony in naturalization court, but these women were now disqualified as witnesses because they were aliens.
Atty. Gen. 7 (1866); Trimbles v. , 1 B. Mon. 140 (Ky. 1840). For contemporaries' views on the status of American women living abroad, see William Beach Lawrence, Disabilities of American Women Abroad: Foreign Treaties of the United States in Conflict with State Laws Relative to the Transmission of Real Estate to Aliens (New York: Baker, Voorhis, 1871); Robert Sewell, "The Status of American Women Married Abroad," American Law Review 26 (May–June 1892): 362–363; Clifford S. –Dec. 1897): 870–875; M.
A Nationality of Her Own: Women, Marriage, and the Law of Citizenship by Candice Lewis Bredbenner