“The white man’s burden” : rhetorical constructions of race and identity in U.S. naturalization cases from India, 1914-1926

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“The white man’s burden” : rhetorical constructions of race and identity in U.S. naturalization cases from India, 1914-1926

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dc.contributor.advisor Roberts-Miller, Patricia, 1959-
dc.creator Coulson, Douglas Marshall
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-03T21:03:32Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-03T21:03:32Z
dc.date.created 2009-05
dc.date.issued 2009-09-03T21:03:32Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2009-05-142
dc.description.abstract This report examines the rhetorical strategies employed in several judicial cases during the 1920s in which the U.S. government contested the racial eligibility of Hindus for naturalization under a law providing that only “white persons” were eligible for naturalization. Through a close examination of the arguments and evidence in the cases, the report argues that the decisions in the cases were inextricably linked to the the conflict between the British and a rising Hindu nationalism movement in the struggle for Indian independence during the period surrounding World War I, and thereby highlight the significance of a wide variety of group identities to racial identification as the courts in the cases negotiated the boundaries of America’s global identity through the lens of race.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Rhetoric
dc.subject Race
dc.subject Whiteness
dc.subject Identity
dc.subject Naturalization
dc.subject Law
dc.subject Prerequisite Cases
dc.subject India
dc.subject Hindu
dc.title “The white man’s burden” : rhetorical constructions of race and identity in U.S. naturalization cases from India, 1914-1926
dc.contributor.committeeMember Murphy, Gretchen, 1971-
dc.description.department English
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department English
thesis.degree.discipline English
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts

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