This thesis will show that citizenship and immigration in the United States has endured conflict, changing norms, and, more importantly, politics without the reader needing a legal background. This thesis will show that citizenship and immigration has changed in the last 200 years to accommodate race, gender, class, sexual orientation, political thought, and ethnicity. By understanding this complex tale, the different stories of the United States as a nation of immigrants comes to life: the good, the bad, the ugly, and how that story lives on today.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-13-2018


Abbey Poffenberger

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Languages, Cultures, and Humanities

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Language and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Languages, Cultures, and Humanities