The Resource The passport in America : the history of a document, Craig Robertson

The passport in America : the history of a document, Craig Robertson

Label
The passport in America : the history of a document
Title
The passport in America
Title remainder
the history of a document
Statement of responsibility
Craig Robertson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In today's world of constant identification checks, it's difficult to recall that there was ever a time when "proof of identity" was not a part of everyday life. And as anyone knows who has ever lost a passport, or let one expire on the eve of international travel, the passport has become an indispensable document. But how and why did this form of identification take on such a crucial role? In the first history of the passport in the United States, Craig Robertson offers an illuminating account of how this document, above all others, came to be considered a reliable answer to the question: who are you? Historically, the passport originated as an official letter of introduction addressed to foreign governments on behalf of American travelers, but as Robertson shows, it became entangled in contemporary negotiations over citizenship and other forms of identity documentation. Prior to World War I, passports were not required to cross American borders, and while some people struggled to understand how a passport could accurately identify a person, others took advantage of this new document to advance claims for citizenship. From the strategic use of passport applications by freed slaves and a campaign to allow married women to get passports in their maiden names, to the "passport nuisance" of the 1920s and the contested addition of photographs and other identification technologies on the passport, Robertson sheds new light on issues of individual and national identity in modern U.S. history. In this age of heightened security, especially at international borders, Robertson's The Passport in America provides anyone interested in questions of identification and surveillance with a richly detailed, and often surprising, history of this uniquely important document"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Robertson, Craig
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4794
LC item number
.R63 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Passports
  • Citizenship
  • Citizenship
  • Passports
  • Passports
  • Pass
  • Staatsangehörigkeit
  • Pass (legitimationshandling)
  • Medborgarskap
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • USA
Label
The passport in America : the history of a document, Craig Robertson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I : Assembling the passport -- Document -- Name -- Signature -- Physical description -- Photograph -- Application -- Issuance -- Part II : Using the passport -- Dubious citizens -- Suspicious people and untrustworthy documents -- Reading bodies, reading documents, and "passport control" -- "The passport nuisance"
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 340 pages
Isbn
9780199733422
Lccn
2009049008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)457160531
Label
The passport in America : the history of a document, Craig Robertson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I : Assembling the passport -- Document -- Name -- Signature -- Physical description -- Photograph -- Application -- Issuance -- Part II : Using the passport -- Dubious citizens -- Suspicious people and untrustworthy documents -- Reading bodies, reading documents, and "passport control" -- "The passport nuisance"
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 340 pages
Isbn
9780199733422
Lccn
2009049008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)457160531

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