Expatriation, Expatriates, and Expats: The American Transformation of a Concept

April 2009
American Historical Review;Apr2009, Vol. 114 Issue 2, p307
Academic Journal
The article discusses the shifting views and practices of American expatriation in the 20th century. It describes the artistic and literary understanding of expatriation in such writers as Henry James, James Baldwin, and Edith Wharton, the causes of expatriation including the escape of social or sexual norms, and the transformation of legal issues regarding expatriation. Other subjects under discussion include the American understanding and legal views of citizenship, 20th century patterns of American emigration, and the racial and class issues associated with citizenship and expatriation.


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