immigration

Becoming White: How Military Service Turned Immigrants into Americans

What factors help to explain the cultural integration of immigrants? I argue that individual participation in military service creates a number of conditions that drive individuals to integrate into a broader national culture. To test the hypothesis, …

From Immigrants to Americans: Race and Assimilation during the Great Migration

How does the appearance of a new immigrant group affect the integration of earlier generations of migrants? We study this question in the context of the first Great Migration (1915-1930), when 1.5 million African Americans moved from the US South to …

No Nation Left Behind? Assessing the Impact of Compulsory Schooling Laws on Immigrant Assimilation

Did the expansion of compulsory education create a national identity? In this paper, I explore this question within the context of the United States during the Age of Mass Migration (1850-1930). Using the expansion of compulsory schooling laws, I …