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White BacklashImmigration, Race, and American Politics$
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Marisa Abrajano and Zoltan L. Hajnal

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691164434

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691164434.001.0001

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Implications for a Deeply Divided United States

Implications for a Deeply Divided United States

(p.201) Conclusion Implications for a Deeply Divided United States
White Backlash

Marisa Abrajano

Zoltan L. Hajnal

Princeton University Press

This conclusion summarizes the book's main findings and considers their implications for the areas of race, immigration, and American politics. The results confirm the important role that immigration plays in American politics and also highlight the enduring though shifting role of race in the nation. Where African Americans once dominated the political calculus of white Americans, Latinos appear more likely to do so today. The movement of so many white Americans to the right has wide-ranging ramifications for both the future balance of partisanship and likely trajectory of race relations in the country. With a clear majority of the white population now leaning towards the Republican Party and a clear majority of the minority population now favoring the Democratic Party, political conflict in the United States is increasingly likely to be synonymous with racial conflict—a pattern that threatens ever-greater racial tension.

Keywords:   race, immigration, American politics, African Americans, white Americans, Latinos, partisanship, race relations, Republican Party, Democratic Party

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