This reader focuses on the extremely current, important topic of racial and ethnic experiences in the United States today. Most of the essays were commissioned especially for this reader and have been prepared by some of the brightest voices in this cutting edge field. Instructors in search of a current, comprehensive multicultural reader will find this a valuable student resource whether it is the sole focus of their course or to be integrated into another content area.
Part IV: New Immigrants and the Dilemmas of Adjustment
[Page 313]After a hiatus of over four decades during which large-scale mass immigration ceased, the United States once again has become a magnet for newcomers. Due to the passage of a new liberalized immigration law in 1965, during the last three decades of the twentieth century, immigration levels escalated dramatically. Thus, at the end of the century, the numbers of immigrants reached levels similar to those experienced during the early decades of the century—heretofore the period of peak migration to the nation. Given the tendency of the newcomers to settle in a select number of states, including California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, and Illinois, their presence is especially felt ...