Sara Goodman

Citizenship is more than a legal category. It carries a broader significance that the United States’ 24 million naturalized citizens inevitably consider, but that native-born Americans rarely ponder. “We ask a lot of immigrants. We ask them to think about what their duty is in joining our community,” Sara Wallace Goodman, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine, told me. “But we don’t turn that lens around.” Inserting a basic civics test into a few corners of American life might reposition that lens.

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