Xenophobia, the hatred or fear of strangers or foreign persons—or of anything else, for that matter, that is strange or foreign—is common around the globe. Through various time periods, people or ideas that were “foreign” have been alternately embraced and shunned. These shifts in public thought are often tied to changing political parties, international conflicts, or economic conditions. In American history, these things have contributed to outbreaks of xenophobic behavior, but the United States, as a nation full of immigrants, has also seen ...

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