Naturalization Act of 1790


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An Act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization (March 26, 1790), United States Statutes at Large, First Congress, Second Session, 103ff.

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Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any alien, being a free white person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof, on application to any common law court of record, in any one of the states wherein he shall have resided for the term of one year at least, and making proof to the satisfaction of such court, that he is a person of good character, and taking the oath or affirmation prescribed by law, to support the constitution of the United States, which oath or affirmation such court shall administer; …



 * Naturalization Act of 1870: First establishes that “That the naturalization laws are hereby extended to aliens of African nativity and to persons of African descent.”

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