German Immigrants, Race, and Citizenship in the Civil War Era
This study of Civil War–era politics explores how German immigrants influenced the rise and fall of white commitment to African-American rights. Intertwining developments in Europe and North America, Alison Clark Efford describes how the presence of naturalized citizens affected the status of former slaves and identifies 1870 as a crucial turning point. That year, the Franco-Prussian War prompted German immigrants to reevaluate the liberal nationalism underpinning African-American suffrage. Throughout the period, the newcomers’ approach to race, ethnicity, gender, and political economy shaped American citizenship law.
- Recreates the German-language debate in the United States based on a range of under-utilized sources
- Provides a transnational history of the Civil War era, intertwining developments in North America and Europe
- Integrates ethnic construction and naturalization into an interpretation of race and citizenship
Cambridge University Press
History | United States History