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This research brief describes work documented in America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences / Neil J. Smelser, William Julius Wilson, and Faith Mitchell, editors, Washington, D.C. : National Research Council, 2001.

Excerpt: Data from the 2000 census confirm that America is becoming more racially and ethnically heterogeneous. High rates of immigration, declining birth rates among White Americans, and relatively higher birth rates among Hispanic Americans have poised America on the threshold of becoming a nation with no ethnic majority: By 2050, if not sooner, no group will constitute more than 50 percent of the population. Given its often-turbulent history of race relations, how will America fare with such a multiracial, ethnically complex populace?

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