By John Iceland

ISBN-10: 0520278186

ISBN-13: 9780520278189

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Portrait of the United States describes our nation’s altering inhabitants and examines via a demographic lens a few of our such a lot urgent modern demanding situations, starting from poverty and monetary inequality to racial tensions and health and wellbeing disparities. Celebrated authorJohn Iceland covers quite a few issues, together with America's old demographic development; the yankee relatives at the present time; gender inequality; fiscal healthiness; immigration and variety; racial and ethnic inequality; inner migration and home segregation; and overall healthiness and mortality.

The dialogue of those themes is proficient through numerous resources, together with an exam of loved ones survey information, and via syntheses of present released fabric, either quantitative and qualitative. Iceland discusses the present concerns and controversies round those issues, highlighting their position in daily debates occurring in Congress, the media, and in American residing rooms. every one bankruptcy comprises historic history, in addition to a dialogue of ways styles and tendencies within the usa examine to these in peer countries.

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Percentage of people age 25 years and over who have completed college, by race and ethnicity, 1940–2012 38. Median household income, by race and ethnicity, 1967–2011 39. Poverty rates, by race and ethnicity, 1959–2011 40. Percentage of newlyweds married to someone of a different race/ethnicity, 2010 41. Population percentage distribution, by region, 1950–2010 42. Percentage of change in population, by state, 2000–2010 43. Percentage of the population in suburbs, central cities, and nonmetropolitan areas, 1910–2010 44.

Immigration began creeping upward during this period (from the late 1940s to the early 1960s), with a rising tide of Mexican immigrants admitted via the Bracero Program—a temporary worker program designed to fill labor shortages in agriculture. The fourth wave of immigration has occurred from 1965 to the present. In 1965 Congress passed the amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act (also known as the Hart-Celler Act), which fundamentally revised immigration policy. This act eliminated the discriminatory national quota system, which favored northern and western Europeans, and opened up immigration to areas outside Europe and the Americas.

Real GDP per capita, 1790–2011 23. Median household income, 1967–2011 24. Poverty rates, 1959–2011 25. Family incomes, by quintile, 1947–2011 26. Gini coefficient for inequality in family income, 1947–2011 27. Distribution of income and wealth, 2007 28. Percentage of change in median usual weekly earnings, by educational attainment and gender, between 1979 and 2010 29. GDP per capita in selected OECD countries, 2011 30. Relative poverty rates in selected OECD countries, late 2000s 31. S. immigrants, by decade, and their percentage distributions, by region of origin, 1900–2009 32.

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