Americans in a World Context

  • William Woodruff


The discovery and settlement of America set afoot a migration and mixing of the world’s people that is without precedent.1 Of the tide of Europeans that flowed westwards, no country took more than the United States.2 In the past two hundred years, Americans have increased their numbers almost fiftyfold — from four million in 1790 to 200 million in 1970.3 This fiftyfold increase was ten times greater than the increase in world population during the same period; indeed, until the 1930s, the influx of migrants into the United States played a greater role in increasing American numbers than did the natural increase of its people. One can only conjecture what Europe lost in providing America with a constant stream of adult, and sometimes highly skilled, people.


Chinese Immigrant Black Immigrant Peace Corps Christian Mission African Tribe 
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© William Woodruff 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • William Woodruff
    • 1
  1. 1.University of FloridaUSA

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