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Author Gardner, Martha Mabie, author

Title The qualities of a citizen : women, immigration, and citizenship, 1870-1965 / Martha Gardner
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 271 pages)
Contents I : Wives, mothers, and maids -- Immigrants, citizens, and marriage -- The limits of derivative citizenship -- Seeing difference -- Constructing a moral border -- Likely to become -- Toil and trouble -- II : Citizens, residents, and non-Americans -- When Americans are not citizens -- When citizens are not white -- Reproducing the nation -- Women in need -- At work in the nation -- III: Marriage, family, and the law -- Families, made in America -- Marriage and morality -- Regulating belonging
Summary The Qualities of a Citizen traces the application of U.S. immigration and naturalization law to women from the 1870s to the late 1960s. Like no other book before, it explores how racialized, gendered, and historical anxieties shaped our current understandings of the histories of immigrant women. The book takes us from the first federal immigration restrictions against Asian prostitutes in the 1870s to the immigration "reform" measures of the late 1960s. Throughout this period, topics such as morality, family, marriage, poverty, and nationality structured historical debates over women's immigra
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Citizenship -- United States -- History.
Emigration and immigration law -- United States -- History.
Social role -- United States -- History.
Women immigrants -- Government policy -- United States -- History.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy -- History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0691089930 (CL ; alk. paper)
1400826578 (electronic bk.)
9780691089935 (CL ; alk. paper)
9781400826575 (electronic bk.)
(CL ; alk. paper)