Marilynn Johnson

The New Bostonians

Marilynn Johnson

Talk: The New Bostonians

Greater Boston underwent dramatic decline after World War II. But since the 1980s, the Boston area has experienced a renaissance—and immigrants have contributed in numerous ways. Following the Immigration Act of 1965, the percentage of foreign-born residents more than doubled from 1970 to 2010, and represented far more diversity than earlier immigration. Like the older European immigrant groups whose labor once powered the region’s industrial economy, these newer migrants have been crucial in rebuilding the population, labor force, and metropolitan landscape of the New Boston, although the fruits of the new prosperity have not been equally shared.

Marilynn Johnson

Marilynn S. Johnson is professor of history at Boston College. She is author of numerous books, including "Street Justice: A History of Police Violence in New York City".

The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s

Among the most consequential pieces of Great Society legislation, the Immigration Act of 1965 opened the nation's doors to large-scale immigration from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. A half century later, the impact of the "new immigration" is evident in the transformation of the country's demographics, economy, politics, and culture, particularly in urban America.

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