By Candice Lewis Bredbenner
In 1907, the government declared that any American lady marrying a foreigner needed to think the nationality of her husband, and thereby denationalized millions of yank ladies. This hugely unique examine follows the dramatic adaptations 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 effect of "derivative citizenship" in the extensive context of the women's suffrage stream. Making outstanding use of basic assets, and using unique records from many major women's reform businesses, executive enterprises, Congressional hearings, and federal litigation concerning women's naturalization and expatriation, Candice Bredbenner offers a fresh modern feminist standpoint on key old, political, and felony debates when it comes to citizenship, nationality, political empowerment, and their implications for women's felony prestige within the usa. This interesting and well-constructed account contributes profoundly to a massive yet little-understood point of the women's rights circulation in twentieth-century the US.
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64 ― Woman's rights groups were uncharacteristically unprepared to thwart this major legislative move by their national government. Perhaps they did not try to shield titled women from these blasts of opprobrium because they silently condoned the women's indictment. In fairness to this group of politically astute and organized women, although they failed to register their complaints before the policy's placement in the statute books, there was also no evidence of a popular drive to introduce marital expatriation.
40] The great majority of transnational marriages involving American women did not fit that socioeconomic profile, but marriages involving socially prominent families naturally attracted the most public interest and ire. Although the editors of the society pages seemed delighted to report on the foreign social engagements of the New York City—bred Duchesses of Manchester and Marlborough, these women attracted  In her monograph on transnational marriages, Maureen Montgomery lists eighty five marriages between American women and British peers between 1870 and 1914.
In 1915, a case before the Supreme Court involving a California woman expatriated and disfranchised by marriage did prompt some legislators to offer mild acknowledgments of marital expatriation's inequitable effect.  She had lost her American citizenship when she married a noncitizen and then her right to vote when California women gained that privilege. Mackenzie was a member of the Club Woman's Franchise League and had been an active participant in her state's voter-registration drive. When her state's highest court declined to challenge the constitutionality of the law that had transformed her into an alien, Mackenzie sought relief in the country's highest court.
A Nationality of Her Own: Women, Marriage, and the Law of Citizenship by Candice Lewis Bredbenner