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The Development of American Citizenship, 1608–1870

James Kettner


Paper: 978-0-8078-4122-8 ($35.00)

Copyright 1978
University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  • Jamestown Prize (1975)


Reviews

The finest, freshest, and most significant book about any aspect of American history to have appeared in recent years. . . . Kettner shows with stunning clarity, as well as full complexity, how subjects of the Crown came to be citizens of the U.S., but, eventually, with a whole new perspective of the meaning of citizenship. This book illuminates, as no work ever has, the history of naturalization in American jurisprudence. Given the cliché that we are a noation of immigrants, that is no small matter. . . . It is truly a great book and belongs in every American library.

--Choice


Kettner explores this complex but fascinating subject with authority and dexterity. His book . . . Shows a command of English as well as of American constitutional law and is firmly rooted in statutes and cases, admirably indexed. . . . A splendid and original piece of research.

--American Historical Review


An exemplary monograph. . . . The work is also beautifully crafted and thoroughly grounded in its sources.

--Reviews in American History


An exemplary monograph. . . .The work is also beautifully crafted and thoroughly grounded in its sources.

--Reviews in American History


Kettner explores this complex but fascinating subject with authority and dexterity. His book. . . shows a command of English as well as of American constitutional law and is firmly rooted in statutes and cases, admirably indexed. . . . A splendid and original piece of research.

--American Historical Review