By Candice Lewis Bredbenner
In 1907, the government declared that any American lady marrying a foreigner needed to imagine the nationality of her husband, and thereby denationalized hundreds of thousands of yankee girls. This hugely unique learn follows the dramatic diversifications in women's nationality rights, citizenship legislation, and immigration coverage within the usa in the course of the overdue revolutionary and interwar years, putting the background and influence of "derivative citizenship" in the vast context of the women's suffrage flow. Making awesome use of basic resources, and using unique records from many prime women's reform agencies, govt companies, Congressional hearings, and federal litigation regarding women's naturalization and expatriation, Candice Bredbenner presents a fresh modern feminist viewpoint on key ancient, political, and felony debates in relation to citizenship, nationality, political empowerment, and their implications for women's criminal prestige within the usa. This interesting and well-constructed account contributes profoundly to an enormous yet little-understood element of the women's rights flow in twentieth-century the USA.
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58] The local newspapers' preoccupation with Ethel Mackenzie's and her husband's social pedigrees came dangerously close to conjuring up that troublesome stereotype of the American heiress.  Too often newspaper reporters proved more adept at displaying their class biases than communicating the chief merits of Mackenzie's case. Californians who read the society pages for news of their social peers may have sympathized with the baronesses and duchesses of American birth who lost their citizenship, but elsewhere such stories risked arousing contempt rather than pity.
16, 1919, 12–13. ― 56 ― riage to a citizen was sufficient preparation for the franchise. Derivative citizenship sustained the belief that husbands invariably dictated their wives' interests, opinions, and actions—a myth equal rights advocates had to banish in order to win independent citizenship and votes for women. NAWSA maintained that it acted in the best interests of all women when the organization urged Congress to abandon the practice of derivative naturalization before the ratification of the Anthony Amendment—a move that would inevitably end or delay thousands of women's chances to become naturalized voters.
Even some of the most enthusiastic supporters of American women's independence and character apparently thought the danger of this corruption real enough to warrant issuing some sobering words of caution. In 1904, the Woman's Journal carried a "Warning to American Heiresses" who might be contemplating such foreign liaisons. " the editor entreated.  Transatlantic marriages of the country's social elite were often deprecated as purely mammonistic arrangements, a characterization designed to affirm the moral bankruptcy of such unions.
A Nationality of Her Own: Women, Marriage, and the Law of Citizenship by Candice Lewis Bredbenner