This chapter introduces the complex history of dual citizenship in America. It traces the trajectory of dual citizenship from unusual – and even offensive – to commonplace. In America, dual citizenship centers around migration. As the United States was by far the most important immigrant destination during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it became a major hub for individuals with dual citizenship. Over the course of the twentieth century, dual citizenship gradually became more accepted, until it is now an inevitable fact of globalization. The shift in attitudes towards dual citizenship also suggests major changes on the meaning of citizenship itself, in that citizenship is no longer an exclusive or constraining element of an individual’s identity.
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