This course explores the content of citizenship in historical context, asking how membership in the social and political community has been defined in the United States, and how those definitions have changed over time. We will ask what rights could be claimed when--and on what basis--by women and by men, by former slaves, by immigrants, and by residents of territories acquired by the United States. Students will work in teams on key historical cases, and will carry out individual research on related topics. There is a midterm exam and a final paper requirement, but no final exam. This course fulfills the law upper-level writing requirement (LUWR) for JD students and the research requirement for LLM students.
A draft syllabus may be downloaded from the "Syllabi" link on the instructor's website: https://www.law.umich.edu/facultyhome/rebeccascott/