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You Are Not American by Amanda Frost

You Are Not American

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You Are Not American by Amanda Frost
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Jan 26, 2021 | ISBN 9780807051429

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“A sharp history that shows the precarious nature of American citizenship.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A highly informative work that gives depth and humanity to an often-overlooked issue.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

“This troubling investigation of American exclusionism hits the mark.”
Publishers Weekly

“Beautifully and engagingly written, Amanda Frost’s You Are Not American describes the disturbing history of citizen stripping in the United States through the eyes of those involved in the country’s most important court cases on the topic. Frost shows how the manipulation of the rules for losing citizenship reflected some of this country’s most gripping political struggles—over slavery, women’s suffrage, communism, immigration, and world wars—and how far we have yet to go to assure the promise of birthright citizenship enshrined in the US Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment. A must-read!”
—Richard L. Hasen, author of Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy

“This book is an amazing set of biographical stories about historical figures selected to highlight the legal history of why citizenship matters, whether to sue for your freedom, to exercise some liberty, or to keep yourself from being deported. It reads like a dream; not only is the reader absorbed by each story, but the author has skillfully woven the stories into a fabric to show the big picture. Cumulatively, the reader gets an appreciation for the hard-fought legal battles to achieve that condition that many of us take for granted: American citizenship.”
—Lea S. Vandervelde, author of Redemption Song

“One of the defining struggles of the American experience has been over who gets to claim the rights and opportunities of citizenship. In You Are Not American, Amanda Frost clarifies the stakes of these battles over belonging by reconstructing the lives of individual men and women whose citizenship the government tried to strip, from slavery to freedom, in war and peace, and through successive waves of immigration from the early nineteenth century all the way up to our current moment. This book is a moving, masterful, and deeply humane account of why we keep fighting about issues that test our core commitment to liberty and equality for all—our very capacity for democracy.”
—Daniel J. Sharfstein, professor of law and history, Vanderbilt University, and author of Thunder in the Mountains

Table Of Contents

The Significance of Citizenship

Citizen Slave

Confederate Citizen

Birthright Citizen

Citizen Suffragist

Citizen Stateswoman

Blut Citizen

Suspect Citizen

Expelled Citizen

Twenty-First-Century Citizen

Selected Bibliography
Image Credits

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