Early Americans asked and grappled with these questions during the earliest days of the early republic.
Martha S. Jones is a Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and a former public interest litigator. Using details from her book, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Martha joins us in this episode of Ben Franklin’s World to investigate how early Americans thought about citizenship and how they defined who could and couldn’t belong to the United States.
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