Americans think immigrants used to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. That’s wrong


If your ancestors came to the US in the late 1800s or early 1900s (or if you've talked to someone whose ancestors came then), you probably think of them this way: they came to the US with nothing but the clothes on their backs, worked hard in low-paying jobs, learned English, moved up the income ladder, and made sure their children could do just as well in life as anyone else's children.

But data from UCLA and Stanford researchers — with a big assist from — shows the reality that many immigrants experienced might have been much more complicated, and much less in line with the American dream.


h/t: Carlos Dnager

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