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Learning One's Native Tongue: Citizenship, Contestation, and Conflict in America

Tracy B. Strong


‘Learning Our Native Tongue’: Citizenship, Contestation and Conflict in America explores the American conceptions of citizenship from colonial times to present-day social media and terrorism. The question of American citizenship should or can cast the question of citizenship of Americans not as a “right” (though it is that) but politically. The question of being or becoming a citizen as requiring that individuals can publicly and successfully claim to meet certain criteria that are taken to define (at that time, at that place, for this particular set of reasons) what “being a citizen” entails ... More

Keywords: Citizenship, suffrage, American exceptionalism, First Great Awakening, slavery and chattel slavery, Reconstruction, Resistances to capitalism, Populism and Socialism, Communist Party and the USA, social media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226623191
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226623368.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tracy B. Strong, author
University of Southampton