This course will cover the small but important part of the rich history human migration that deals with the population of the United States--focusing on the 20th and 21st Centuries. We will use the tools of DS8 to answer specific questions that relate to the themes of this course:
(1) Why do people migrate?
(2) Is immigration good or bad for receiving (and sending) countries?
(3) How do immigrants adapt and how do societies change in response?
In addition to scientific questions, this course will also address the demographic and political history of immigration in the US -- an understanding of which is crucial for understanding both the broad contours of US history and the particular situation in which we find ourselves today.