SMNR: American Legal History: Citizenship/Race

Class Unique: 28800
The evolution of U.S. citizenship as interpreted by courts and statutes during the 19th and 20th centuries is the focus of this seminar. We pay particular attention to the impact of historical events that constructed the way race has been conceived within the United States in studying the cases and statutes. Topics include the post-Civil War amendments to the U.S. Constitution, 19th century civil rights legislation, legal restrictions on Asian immigration, the incorporation of Mexican territory and the citizenship of Mexicans, the citizenship of indigenous peoples, peonage, World War II internment, and the modern civil rights legislation of 1957 and 1964. An oral presentation to the class and two papers are required.

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Wednesday 5:30 - 7:20 pm TNH 3.129
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Cleaver, Kathleen N Cleaver, Kathleen N