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The Real Origins of Birthright Citizenship

Its purpose 150 years ago was to incorporate former slaves into the nation

Portrait of Dred Scott’s relatives. Photo: Al Fenn/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Image

By Martha S. Jones

Birthright citizenship just might be, former slaves believed, the safeguard they needed. In the decades before the Civil War, in an era when a remedy like the Fourteenth Amendment was hard to imagine, free black Americans…

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