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The Passport in America: The History of a Document

Craig Robertson


In today's world of constant identification checks, it is difficult to recall that there was ever a time when “proof of identity” was not a part of everyday life. And as anyone knows who has ever lost a passport, or let one expire on the eve of international travel, the passport has become an indispensable document. But how and why did this form of identification take on such a crucial role? This book offers an account of how this document, above all others, came to be considered a reliable answer to the question: who are you? Historically, the passport originated as an official letter of intr ... More

Keywords: passport, borders, passport applications, identification, national identity, passport nuisance, citizenship, photographs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199927579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199927579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Robertson, author
Northeastern University, Associate Professor of Communication Studies