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  •  "Legal" immigration didn't demand much (5+ / 0-)
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    luckydog, DaNang65, Kevskos, FG, etbnc

    Back then there weren't many requirements to become a citizen. We can't really compare 1800's and early 1900's to what we have today.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 05:49:43 PM PST

    •  Agreed. (4+ / 0-)
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      Karl Rover, DaNang65, Kevskos, etbnc

      But underlying both a shorter, easier path to citizenship and extending voting rights to non-citizens was the notion that people who lived in a community should have the same political and legal rights, and should have relatively few obstacles to attaining them.   While we can't ignore the era's restrictions on voting based on sex and race, there is much to be said for its low "barriers to entry" for both voting and citizenship.

      The practice looks like an early marker of the midwestern and western Progressive movement of the early twentieth century.

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