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Defending the Constitution: Religion, Conscientious Objection, Naturalization, & the Supreme Co

Course Description

Do you believe that, in the history of our country, any non-citizen was denied U.S. citizenship because he or she was a conscientious objector to war? Surely not, you say. If that is your thought, you would be wrong. In 1929, 1931, and 1946 four applicants for citizenship were denied because they would not promise to bear arms in defense of the country. There may have been more than four, but these four are distinguished in history because they protested their denials in the courts, all the way to the Supreme Court. At that level, three of the four were denied citizenship, one gained citizenship when the Court changed its collective mind. Two of these applicants were women, who, at the time of their petitions, could not have served in the military if they had wanted to. This study is the stories of these four people. In the process you will learn some about judicial process and about four different kinds of conscientious objection. You will also hear four human interest stories.

Please note: this course requires membership in Silver Frogs Membership Fall 2019

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Dates:October 9-30, 2019
Meets:W from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, 4 sessions
Instructor:Ronald Flowers
Fee: $0.00Fee Breakdown