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Learning One's Native TongueCitizenship, Contestation, and Conflict in America$
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Tracy B. Strong

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226623191

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226623368.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Learning One's Native Tongue

Tracy B. Strong

University of Chicago Press

This book considers citizenship not as a right (although it is that) but in political terms. To be a citizen in America requires meeting a set of criteria that vary over time; depending on multiple factors. These criteria can be either acquired or natural. This understanding is contrasted to several standard understandings of America: Hartzian liberalism; the frontier thesis; American exceptionalism; civic republicanism; communitarianism and the minimalist thesis of Judith Shklar.

Keywords:   Citizenship, suffrage, Tocqueville, American exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, Quentin Skinner, Begriffgeschichte, America as a project, Judith Shkla, J.G.A. Pocock

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