The peopling of the United States is one of the most important stories of the last 500 years, and in "Shaping Our Nation," bestselling author and demographics expert Michael Barone illuminates a new angle of America’s rise. He uses a vast array of political and social data to show that America is the product of a series of large, unexpected mass movements — both internal and external — that typically lasted only one or two generations but in that time reshaped the nation and created enduring tensions that were difficult to resolve.
Title:Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics
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Sweeping, thought-provoking, and ultimately hopeful, "Shaping Our Nation" is an unprecedented addition to our understanding of America’s cultural past, with deep implications for the immigration, economic, and social policies of the future.
The following maps illustrate migratory patterns of Americans which have shaped the nation culturally, politically, and economically.
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High and low growth rates, 1930-1970
(United States population growth, 1930-1970: 65.0%)
[In the years from 1930 to 1970 America's fastest growing areas included not only the Pacific coast, the Southwest, and Florida, but also Michigan and the metropolitan belt extending from Connecticut through New York and Washington to northern Virginia.]
Blacks move northward:
In 1940 a large majority of American blacks lived in the South
(United States black population, 1940: 9.8%)
[In 1940, black percentages were 6 percent or less in all northern states except Maryland and Delaware.]
Percentage of foreign-born in each state in 1930, just six years after the end of the Ellis Island Migration
(United States foreign born population, 1930: 12.6%)
[The highest percentages are in southern New England, New York, New Jersey, with fast-growing Michigan and California just behind. Note the very light presence of foreign-born in the South and in Indiana and Missouri as well.]