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The Passport in America
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Introduction Part I: Assembling the Passport Ch 1: Document Ch 2: Name Ch 3: Signature Ch 4: Physical Description Ch 5: Photograph Ch 6: Application Ch 7: Issurance Part II: Using the Passport Ch 8: Dubious Citizens Ch 9: Dishonest People and Untrustworthy Documents Ch 10: Reading Bodies, Reading Documents, and "Passport Control" Ch 11: "The Passport Nuisance" Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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Craig Robertson is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University.

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"Cleverly uses the history of the American passport as a means to plumb the meanings of identity and identification as the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth....Theoretically grounded and engagingly written it will appeal to scholars interested in the history of national border controls and the transnational movement of people, as well as those interested in questions surrounding the intersection of state power, citizenship, and modernity."--American Historical Review "Robertson's superb book combines serious scholarship and an easily accessible narrative....It displays the great immigration themes in U.S. history--identity, sovereignty, membership, national security, privacy, federalism, bi-national communities, and the attempts of overwhelmed government officials to enforce the law--through the lens of the humble passport."--Donald Kerwin, International Migration Review "Provocative..."--The New York Times "Robertson accomplishes a surprising amount with a seemingly dusty subject in this far-reaching social history."--Booklist "Robertson takes fascinating excursions into the history of currency, voting, immigration, tourism and even filing methods....The Passport in America is compelling reading."--The Wilson Quarterly "A skillful excavation of the historical foundations of this bureaucratic procedure."--Bookforum "Making use of the mundane and innocuous passport, Robertson takes readers along an intriguing and exciting journey of recasting....An excellent narrative."--CHOICE "Robertson deftly weaves together the numerous legal challenges, policy shifts, and human dramas that have shaped [the passport]....[E]ngrossing."--Law and History Review "In addition to providing a detailed history of the passport from the late eighteenth century to the mid-1930s, The Passport in America describes a parallel history, at least as interesting and important, of the idea of civil identity in an evolving bourgeois democracy."--William W. Stowe, Journal of American History "This fine book will serve as the standard history of the American passport, at least during its crucial formative period, for some time to come."--Journal of Social History

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