Citizenship Is A Special Status
Who Is A Citizen?
The basic text – Articles 1 – 7 of the U.S.
does not define who is a
The Founders left that up to the states and
their laws – who would be eligible to vote, to
hold office, or have other rights of
Neither black slaves nor American Indians
were considered citizens under the
Women had some civil rights and could
own property and pay taxes; not until 1890
did states begin permitting them to vote.