Approx. 400 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 20 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6568-9
Published: November 2021
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In The Birth Certificate: An American History, award-winning historian Susan J. Pearson traces the document’s two-hundred-year history to explain when, how, and why birth certificates came to matter so much in the United States. Deftly weaving together social, political, and legal history, The Birth Certificate is a fascinating biography of a piece of paper that grounds our understanding of how those who live in the United States are considered Americans.
About the Author
Susan J. Pearson is associate professor of history at Northwestern University and the author of The Rights of the Defenseless: Protecting Animals and Children in Gilded Age America.
For more information about Susan J. Pearson, visit the Author Page.
“An exceedingly fine book, deeply and impressively researched, excavating a story that modern American historians simply did not know until now.”—Sarah E. Igo, author of The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America