Juliette Kayyem on American assimilation

Immigrants and Native-born Americans See Eye to Eye
The Boston Globe
July 5, 2012
Op-ed by: Juliette Kayyem, lecturer in public policy with the Belfer Center and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: American assimilation

“In 2004, historian Samuel Huntington warned that America was at risk of losing its national identity because there were fewer and fewer values still uniting us. His argument in ‘Who Are We?’ had tremendous influence as a politically unifying force. Huntington was already a bit of a rock star among neoconservatives and military hawks who viewed his Islam vs. the West polemic — ‘The Clash of Civilizations’ — as both an explanation for the age of terror and a justification for America’s desperate search for exceptionalism. The nostalgia for a unified America was appealing at a time when the ‘other’ seemed so dangerous.”

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