JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Question about filed US Naturalization papers - correction #general

Ira Leviton

Dear Cousins,

I'm glad that some of you read these messages very carefully.
Sally Bruckheimer pointed out another error that I made. I re-read
the law at,
and it specified that only married women (not all women) were ineligible
for naturalization in the U.S. on their own before 1922.

In case you read this page, "coverture" basically means that a married
women's rights are her husband's rights. Nowadays married women can even
vote, work outside of their own home, and - my gosh - even wear pants.
(Well, at least they can in the U.S.) It's amazing that the unquestioned
customs, including those affecting our own genealogies, in almost the entire
world 100 years ago are now considered old-fashioned, or even primitive and
backward, by a good portion of the world, yet they are still practiced in
other parts.


Ira Leviton
New York, N.Y.

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