Saturday, November 3, 2018

Birthright Citizenship Roundup

Given the amount of commentary from historians on birthright citizenship this week (on the heels of President Trump's suggestion that he will attempt to end birthright citizenship by executive order), we are giving this topic its own round-up:
  • Not surprisingly, in light of her recently published book on this very topic, Martha Jones (Johns Hopkins) has offered several commentaries. Here's a recent piece in the Atlantic; here is a segment she did for National Public Radio; here she is on Democracy Now! And here is a link to a piece that ran this past summer in the New York Times.
  • This Washington Post "retropolis" article on birthright citizenship and Wong Kim Ark highlights the work of a number of historians, including Lucy Salyer (University of New Hampshire), Bethany Berger (University of Connecticut), and Erika Lee (University of Minnesota). Last summer, the Washington Post's "Constitutional" podcast also devoted an episode to this topic.
If we've missed anything, please feel free to chime in in the comments and we'll update the post.