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A Population History of the United States / Edition 2

A Population History of the United States / Edition 2

by Herbert S. KleinHerbert S. Klein
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This is a fully-updated version of the first full-scale, one-volume survey of the demographic history of the United States. From the arrival of humans in the Western Hemisphere to the current century, Klein analyzes the basic demographic trends in the growth of the preconquest, colonial, and national populations. He surveys the origin and distribution of the Native Americans, the postconquest free and servile European and African colonial populations, and the variation in regional patterns of fertility and mortality until 1800. He then explores trends in births, deaths, and international and internal migrations during the 19th century, and compares them with contemporary European developments. The profound impact of historic declines in disease and mortality rates on the structure of the late-20th-century population is explained. The unusual patterns of recent urbanization and the rise of suburbia in the late 20th century are examined along with the renewed impact of new massive international migrations on North American society. Finally the late-20th-century changes in family structure, fertility, and mortality are evaluated for their influence on the evolution of the national population for the 21st century and compared with trends in other postdemographic-transition advanced industrial societies in Europe and Asia. This updated edition incorporates recent research, including data from the 2010 Census.

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ISBN-13: 9781107613621
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Herbert S. Klein is the Gouverneur Morris Emeritus Professor of History, Columbia University, New York and Research Fellow and Curator at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, California. He is the author of numerous books, including The Atlantic Slave Trade (Cambridge, 1999) and A Concise History of Bolivia (Cambridge, 2003). He also co-authored, with Francisco Vidal Luna, Brazil Since 1980 (Cambridge, 2006) and Slavery in Brazil (Cambridge, 2009), and with Laird Bergad, Hispanics in the United States, 1980-2005 (Cambridge, 2010).

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Paleo-Indians, Europeans, and the settlement of America; 2. Colonization and settlement of North America; 3. The Early Republic to 1860; 4. The creation of an industrial and urban society, 1860-1914; 5. The evolution of a modern population, 1914-45; 6. Transitions: the baby boom and bust and the new new immigrants, 1945-70; 7. A modern industrial society, 1970-2010.

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