I. Introduction

II. A Brief Summary of the Law of Citizenship

III. The Nebraska Cases ... A. Boyd v. Thayer ... B. Elk v. Wilkins

IV. An Examination of Intent in the Development of Citizenship Law as Influenced by Elk and Boyd ... A. Intent as a Determinant of Citizenship ... 1. Acquisition at Birth ... 2. Derivative Naturalization ... 3. Loss of Citizenship ... B. Statutory Procedures Affecting Intent ... 1. Proof Problems ... 2. The Rise and Fall of the Declaration of Intention ... C. Distinguishing between Citizens: Second-Class Citizenship?

V. Summary and Conclusions