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The Resource Becoming American under fire : Irish Americans, African Americans, and the politics of citizenship during the Civil War era, Christian G. Samito

Becoming American under fire : Irish Americans, African Americans, and the politics of citizenship during the Civil War era, Christian G. Samito

Label
Becoming American under fire : Irish Americans, African Americans, and the politics of citizenship during the Civil War era
Title
Becoming American under fire
Title remainder
Irish Americans, African Americans, and the politics of citizenship during the Civil War era
Statement of responsibility
Christian G. Samito
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Becoming American under Fire, Christian G. Samito provides a rich account of how African American and Irish American soldiers influenced the modern vision of national citizenship that developed during the Civil War era. By bearing arms for the Union, African Americans and Irish Americans exhibited their loyalty to the United States and their capacity to act as citizens; they strengthened their American identity in the process. Members of both groups also helped to redefine the legal meaning and political practices of American citizenship. For African American soldiers, proving manhood in combat was only one aspect to their quest for acceptance as citizens. As Samito reveals, by participating in courts-martial and protesting against unequal treatment, African Americans gained access to legal and political processes from which they had previously been excluded. The experience of African Americans in the military helped shape a postwar political movement that successfully called for rights and protections regardless of race. For Irish Americans, soldiering in the Civil War was part of a larger affirmation of republican government and it forged a bond between their American citizenship and their Irish nationalism. The wartime experiences of Irish Americans helped bring about recognition of their full citizenship through naturalization and also caused the United States to pressure Britain to abandon its centuries-old policy of refusing to recognize the naturalization of British subjects abroad. As Samito makes clear, the experiences of African Americans and Irish Americans differed substantially-and at times both groups even found themselves violently opposed-but they had in common that they aspired to full citizenship and inclusion in the American polity. Both communities were key participants in the fight to expand the definition of citizenship that became enshrined in constitutional amendments and legislation that changed the nation
Member of
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Samito, Christian G
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Irish American soldiers
  • African American soldiers
  • Irish Americans
  • African Americans
  • Citizenship
  • United States
  • United States
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • African American soldiers
  • African Americans
  • Citizenship
  • Irish American soldiers
  • Military participation
  • Politics and government
  • United States
Label
Becoming American under fire : Irish Americans, African Americans, and the politics of citizenship during the Civil War era, Christian G. Samito
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The crisis of citizenship in the 1850s -- The question of armed service -- African Americans in arms -- Equal rights and the experience of military justice for African American soldiers -- Irish Americans in arms -- African Americans and the call for rights -- The affirmation of naturalized citizenship in America -- The affirmation of naturalized citizenship abroad -- Epilogue: the legacy of national citizenship in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction
Control code
ocn763159335
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 305 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801463761
Lccn
2009023335
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9780801463761
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4sq89
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)763159335
Label
Becoming American under fire : Irish Americans, African Americans, and the politics of citizenship during the Civil War era, Christian G. Samito
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The crisis of citizenship in the 1850s -- The question of armed service -- African Americans in arms -- Equal rights and the experience of military justice for African American soldiers -- Irish Americans in arms -- African Americans and the call for rights -- The affirmation of naturalized citizenship in America -- The affirmation of naturalized citizenship abroad -- Epilogue: the legacy of national citizenship in the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction
Control code
ocn763159335
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 305 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801463761
Lccn
2009023335
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7591/9780801463761
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4sq89
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)763159335

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