American citizens have freedom of religion, freedom of speech, we have freedom!
We also have the Bill of Rights, which includes the 10 amendments.
In American Citizenship, Judith Shklar identifies the right to vote and the right to work as the defining social rights and primary sources of public respect.
Shklar has produced a compelling argument that the right to vote and the right to a job, neither of which was written into the constitution, are nevertheless necessary for full and equal American citizenship.
At the same time, I grew up in a lily‑white, largely Protestant, middle-class suburb, and do not recall ever hearing an Irish accent, so my socialization was not what it would have been if I had lived in a working-class neighborhood in the heart of Boston.
I am also a Canadian citizen, and that has become an identity that is very important to me.
Citizenship as legal status refers to one's formal position as a member of the American political community and also to the formal rights and duties one has because of this position.
Citizenship as identity refers to the sense that one belongs to the American political community both one's own psychological sense of belonging and the sense by others that one belongs.
Or, instead of worrying about making the immigrants into Americans, should we perhaps challenge conventional understandings of who is an American and what it means to be an American?
These questions will soon lead us to familiar debates about multiculturalism, language, education for citizenship, Americanization, and shared public values. It sets questions about the responsibilities, entitlements, and mutual expectations of citizens and immigrants in the context of our aspirations for America.