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Learning One’s Native Tongue

Citizenship, Contestation, and Conflict in America

Tracy B. Strong

Learning One’s Native Tongue

Tracy B. Strong

312 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2020
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226623221 Published November 2019
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780226623191 Published November 2019
E-book $10.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226623368 Published November 2019

Citizenship is much more than the right to vote. It is a collection of political capacities constantly up for debate. From Socrates to contemporary American politics, the question of what it means to be an authentic citizen is an inherently political one.
           
With Learning One’s Native Tongue, Tracy B. Strong explores the development of the concept of American citizenship and what it means to belong to this country,
starting with the Puritans in the seventeenth century and continuing to the present day. He examines the conflicts over the meaning of citizenship in the writings and speeches of prominent thinkers and leaders ranging from John Winthrop and Roger Williams to Thomas Jefferson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Franklin Roosevelt, among many others who have participated in these important cultural and political debates. The criteria that define what being a citizen entails change over time and in response to historical developments, and they are thus also often the source of controversy and conflict, as with voting rights for women and African Americans. Strong looks closely at these conflicts and the ensuing changes in the conception of citizenship, paying attention to what difference each change makes and what each particular conception entails socially and politically.
 

Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One. For What America? Two Visions
Chapter Two. To What Does One Awaken?
Chapter Three. Defining Boundaries
Chapter Four. Abraham Lincoln
Chapter Five. Civil War, Citizenship, and Collectivity
Chapter Six. Populism and Socialism
Chapter Seven. America Moves into the Wider World: The Labor Movement and the Example of the USSR
Chapter Eight. Whither Progressive Politics?
Chapter Nine. The Politics of “at Home” Abroad
Chapter Ten. Where Do All These Stories Go? The 1960s, the New Left, and Beyond
Chapter Eleven. At Home Alone: The Problems of Citizenship in Our Age
 
Index
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