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The Civilization of White Men

Jennifer Snow

in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149180
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195149181.003.0011
The Civilization of White Men

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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

Chapter.  10262 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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