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You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers

by Amanda Frost Author

Since the beginning the US government has reserved the tool of revoking citizenship in order to cast out unwanted people, suppress dissent, and deny civil rights to certain individuals and groups. Law professor Amanda Frost draws on history as well as interviews with contemporary people struggling to retain their rights to expose a history of discrimination, racism, and xenophobia that persists to this day. Starting with the Dred Scott decision, in which the Supreme Court rejected the rights of Black people to be full citizens, she goes on to lay out the stories of other victims of citizenship stripping and denial: women who married noncitizens, certain racial groups, labor leaders, activists, people living near the southern border, and "birther" claims that prominent non-white politicians weren't born in this country. 

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