Law of Blood


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Law of Blood

A citizenship law stating that all or nearly all persons born to citizens of a given state are themselves citizen of that state, regardless of where they were born. For example, one with a parent who has been a U.S. citizen for one year is a citizen of the U.S., regardless of where one was born. Some countries (including the United States) also follow the law of the soil in addition to the law of blood.
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See Champagne, "Symbolic Structures"; Boulware, Deconstructing; and Reid, Law of Blood, for discussions of the changing political organization of the Cherokee in the last half of the eighteenth century.
38) Reid, Law of Blood, 153-61; Gleach, Powhatan's World, 51-52.
A Law of Blood is replete with forward-looking ideas, many of which are just now beginning to come under greater scrutiny in the historical community.