Shaping our nation: How surges of migration transformed America and its politics

  • Title:

    Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics
  • Format:

    HardCover
  • Hardcover Price:

    27.00
  • Hardcover ISBN:

    978-0307461513
  • Buy the Book

“Few commentators have studied the history of American politics as thoroughly as Barone. . . . As Congress once again debates immigration reform, Barone delivers a timely history lesson.” – Kirkus Reviews

New York Times bestselling author Michael Barone is an authority on political America, its history, and the demographic patterns and details that explain the United States from the inside out. In SHAPING OUR NATION: How Surges of Migrations Transformed America and Its Politics (Crown Forum; October 1, 2013), Barone investigates America’s unique history and the dramatic waves of migration that have sculpted the American political, economic, and cultural landscape. From its colonial beginnings, America has been diverse and unpredictable, shaped by people moving from one place to another, pursuing dreams and escaping nightmarish situations. Barone sheds light on the mass movements of people to and within the US over the last few centuries, chronicling the rise of America’s people and power.

The population concentrations in China, India, the Muslim world, Western Europe, and Russia are very similar today to what they were in the 1600s. Only North America looks vastly different from what it was 400 years ago.

Among Barone’s observations:

•   In the early 19th century, two migrations — Yankees moving westward and plantation slavery expanding inland — put Northerners and Southerners in competition for control of the nation’s interior, leading to the culture clash that would become the Civil War.

•  The Irish migration to the US after the 1845 potato blight was the first surge to end in cities rather than the countryside. As Irish Catholics populated places like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, their presence came to characterize the politics and pop culture of urban America — the effects of which are still felt today.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine

What's new on AEI

AEI Election Watch 2014: What will happen and why it matters
image A nation divided by marriage
image Teaching reform
image Socialist party pushing $20 minimum wage defends $13-an-hour job listing
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 20
    MON
  • 21
    TUE
  • 22
    WED
  • 23
    THU
  • 24
    FRI
Monday, October 20, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Warfare beneath the waves: The undersea domain in Asia

We welcome you to join us for a panel discussion of the undersea military competition occurring in Asia and what it means for the United States and its allies.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
AEI Election Watch 2014: What will happen and why it matters

AEI’s Election Watch is back! Please join us for two sessions of the longest-running election program in Washington, DC. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
What now for the Common Core?

We welcome you to join us at AEI for a discussion of what’s next for the Common Core.

Event Registration is Closed
Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Brazil’s presidential election: Real challenges, real choices

Please join AEI for a discussion examining each candidate’s platform and prospects for victory and the impact that a possible shift toward free-market policies in Brazil might have on South America as a whole.

Event Registration is Closed
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.