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Forswearing Allegiance

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Publication Date: 
May 01, 2008
Format: 
Working Paper
Bibliography: Gerhard Casper, Forswearing Allegiance, The Maurice and Muriel Fulton Lecture in Legal History, University of Chicago Law School (May 1, 2008)

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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.