Forswearing Allegiance

46 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2008

Date Written: May 1, 2008

Abstract

My subject is the requirement that new citizens abjure prior allegiances. It was introduced into federal naturalization law in 1795 and it is still the law of the land. A seemingly small historical topic, it provides cause to reflect about changes in the concept of citizenship that have taken place over time, especially in recent decades.

Keywords: allegiance, citizenship, naturalization

Suggested Citation

Casper, Gerhard, Forswearing Allegiance (May 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1311584 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1311584

Gerhard Casper (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

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United States
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