Event: ‘Anxiety, Fear, and National Identity: Anti-Immigration Politics and the Rise of Hispanics in the U.S.’


7ed881a3-e95d-4dfd-9884-2e297a98196dTIME: 12:00 – 13:00, 13th March 2017

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP


Dr Neil Foley
Professor of History, Southern Methodist University

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By 2050, over one in four U.S. residents will be Hispanic, and the overwhelming majority of these will be of Mexican descent. Since 1960, the nation’s Hispanic population has increased nearly ninefold, from 6.3 million (4%) to 55.3 million (17%) in 2014.  At the same time, the population of whites is declining and will comprise less than 50% of the population by the middle of the century. This dramatic demographic shift is reshaping politics, culture, and fundamental ideas about American identity.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Dr Neil Foley. He will contend that the surge in immigration since the 1970s has led to increasing levels of xenophobia resulting in anti-immigrant politics and policies, including militarization of the border, state laws curtailing rights of undocumented immigrants, mass detention and deportation, the building of a 700-mile border fence in 2006, and President Trump’s recent promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico.  With over a million U.S.-born Latinos turning 18 years of age every year – and therefore eligible to vote – and the ineluctable decline of the white population, what does this mean for the USA electorally and in terms of populist backlash?

Professor Neil Foley holds the Robert and Nancy Dedman Endowed Chair in History at Southern Methodist University. He the author of Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity (Harvard, 2010) and Mexicans and the Making of America (Harvard, 2014), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2015. His first book, The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas (Berkeley, 1997) won major awards from the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the Western Historical Association, and the Gustavus Myers Book Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. Professor Foley has lectured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.



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