Charles Hirschman

is Boeing International Professor at the Department of Sociology and the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, Washington University.


The impact of immigration on American society

Looking backward to the future

Charles Hirschman surveys the history of immigration in America in an attempt to understand current attitudes and the future. “While it is not possible to predict the role of immigration in America’s future, it is instructive to study the past. The current debates and hostility to immigrants echo throughout American history. What is most surprising is that almost all popular fears about immigration and even the judgements of ‘experts’ about the negative impact of immigrants have been proven false by history.”

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