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Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas$
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Henry Goldschmidt and Elizabeth McAlister

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149180

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195149181.001.0001

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The Civilization of White Men

The Civilization of White Men

The Race of the Hindu in United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind

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(p.259) 10 The Civilization of White Men
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Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas
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Jennifer Snow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195149181.003.0011

This essay examines a landmark 1922 case in which the United States Supreme Court denied a Sikh immigrant’s application for citizenship under the 1790 statute restricting naturalization to “free white men.” Despite his undisputed “Aryan blood,” the Supreme Court decreed that Bhagat Singh Thind could not become an American citizen because because his “Hindoo” religion was inconsistent with “the civilization of white men.”

Keywords:   United States Supreme Court, Bhagat Singh Thind, Sikh, Hindu, Hindoo, Aryan, immigration, citizenship, naturalization

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