Class 10_We the People_100509

Class 10_We the People_100509 - Political Science 1101...

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Unformatted text preview: Political Science 1101 American Government: Practices and Values Class 10: We the People – Race, Immigration, and Citizenship Building Blocks of the Course 1. The foundation of American constitutional government. 2. Political inputs and popular sovereignty. 3. A. Political institutions and the branches of government. 3. B. Political outputs and the making of public policy. Today’s Questions • What is American citizenship? • Who are “We the People” and how has this changed over time? • What effect does immigration have on the ethnic and racial composition of the U.S. population? • What effect does ongoing immigration have on urban America? Meaning of American Citizenship • Defining citizenship: what does it mean to be an American citizen? • Citizenship: legal rights and benefits, but also responsibilities. • Concepts of citizenship: – Liberal citizenship – Republican citizenship – Nativist citizenship Citizenship for All... • Expanding boundaries of citizenship and democracy: – 14 th Amendment (1868): states cannot abridge citizenship rights – 15 th Amendment (1870): suffrage irrespective of race – 19 th Amendment (1920): suffrage irrespective of gender – 24 th Amendment (1964): anti-poll tax – 26 th Amendment (1971): suffrage for citizens 18 years and over – Immigration: some localities allow non-citizens to vote in local elections How American Citizenship Is Acquired • Any child born in the U.S. ( jus soli ) • Any child born outside the U.S. to parents who have U.S. citizenship ( jus sanguinis ) • Legal immigrants can be naturalized: – At least 5 years of residence (3 years, if married to a U.S. citizen) – Demonstrate knowledge of English, U.S. history, and government – “Good moral character”...
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This note was uploaded on 07/14/2011 for the course POL 1001 taught by Professor Xxx during the Fall '09 term at CUNY Baruch.

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Class 10_We the People_100509 - Political Science 1101...

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