“I am not an anarchist”

I just saw an actual U.S. naturalization from 1907. It is in regards to an immigrant from Germany entering the U.S. in 1907. The form is entitled “United States of America Declaration of Intention.”

A paragraph that struck me is the following, which conveys an explicitly enumerated allegiance requirement that I believe, vis-à-vis some court decisions and the like, the form (and overall process) has largely watered down in these more ‘progressive’ times.

“It is my bona fide intention to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to William II German Emperor, of which I am now a subject…. I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to permanently reisde therein: SO HELP ME GOD.”

The above paragraph is part of the canned immigration form (!) with the exception of the underlined section above, which is a blank line on the form, subsequently filled out by an immigration official.

How times have changed.

Si! Se puede!

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