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 millions of yankee ladies. This hugely unique research follows the dramatic diversifications in women's nationality rights, citizenship legislations, and immigration coverage within the usa in the course of the overdue revolutionary and interwar years, putting the background and impression of "derivative citizenship" in the vast context of the women's suffrage move. Making outstanding use of basic resources, and using unique records from many best women's reform organisations, govt organizations, Congressional hearings, and federal litigation concerning women's naturalization and expatriation, Candice Bredbenner presents a fresh modern feminist point of view on key old, political, and criminal debates with regards to citizenship, nationality, political empowerment, and their implications for women's criminal prestige within the usa. This attention-grabbing and well-constructed account contributes profoundly to an incredible yet little-understood point of the women's rights circulation in twentieth-century the US.
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Both issues highlighted the legal impediments standing between the woman citizen and her achievement of an independent political identity. As the two gravest political disabilities suffered by citizen women, these two barriers to equal citizenship rapidly attracted broad-based and intense opposition from woman's rights advocates after 1907. The strong link between independent citizenship and woman suffrage, now apparent to the two causes' defenders, gained public confirmation when marital expatriation's impact on women's voting rights in suffrage states became more explicit.
16] "Will Americanize Immigrant Women," New York Times, 23 Dec. 1917. When New York granted woman suffrage in 1917, its suffrage amendment required foreign-born wives of citizens to reside in the state for at least five years before receiving voting privileges. On Nov. 6, 1917, the Naturalization Bureau in New York City was deluged with married women seeking citizenship. The women were informed at that time that they must await their husband's naturalization. Suffragists wanted to regulate, not exclude, foreign-born women's appearance at the polls.
Women and Citizenship," WJ, Dec. 24, 1910, 247. Alice L. Park, "Women Naturalized by Marriage," WT, July 15, 1911, 224, commented on derivative naturalization for alien women.  Mackenzie v. : Microcard Editions, Information Handling Services, 1979), microfilm. See H. Doc. 326 (1906), 1, 27, 50; 14 Op. Atty. Gen. 295 (1873). Mackenzie's argument that the 1907 law was intended to apply exclusively to nonresident women was also suggested indirectly by a member of the executive commission that provided a blueprint for the statute.
A Nationality of Her Own: Women, Marriage, and the Law of Citizenship by Candice Lewis Bredbenner