“Disloyalty,” Naturalization, and World War I , USCIS webinar today, June 29, 2017, 1 p.m.

From the USCIS History Office:

I&N History Webinar: “Disloyalty,” Naturalization, and World War I

The First World War inspired patriotism in both native-born and immigrant Americans. At the same time, some immigrant groups fell under suspicion of being disloyal to the U.S. war effort. So, in the years surrounding the war, the Bureau of Naturalization investigated the loyalty of naturalizing immigrants to ensure that only fully qualified immigrants became citizens.

As part of the USCIS History Office’s ongoing commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, this webinar examines the Bureau of Naturalization’s loyalty investigations during the war and the Bureau’s efforts to revoke citizenship from naturalized citizens it deemed disloyal. In the webinar, you will learn about the Bureau’s wartime activities through primary-source examples of loyalty investigation files and cancelled certificate of naturalization files.

To join the webinar, find the June 29 webinar “Disloyalty,” Naturalization, and World War I and click “Attend Session” just before it starts at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, June 29.

Please note: This webinar will not be recorded, so be sure to join it live.

3 thoughts on ““Disloyalty,” Naturalization, and World War I , USCIS webinar today, June 29, 2017, 1 p.m.

  1. Hi Claire – love your blog, which was recommended during a webinar by Rick Sayres about a year ago. I missed the live broadcast of this webinar, and wondered if you might be able to answer something that’s puzzling me (I’ve already done a search on your blog for the phrases A-files, alien files, and alien registrations): What is that determines which A-files will be held by NARA versus which will be held by USCIS? Is there a clear cut-off factor pertaining to the date of the A-file, or the birth date of the alien, or…? Thanks in advance for any light you’re able to shine on this.

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