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Samuel Huntington has stirred up a new controversy with a book about the danger to America from Hispanic immigration. He worries too much about Hispanics but he is right that the US does have an Anglo-Protestant ethno-cultural core which may be in conflict with the country's cosmopolitan idea

By E K   July 2004

Events since 9/11 have heightened both foreign-policy and cultural divisions between Europe and the US. One view, often expressed by Europeans and liberal Americans, is that the US is becoming far more nationalistic and culturally conservative than Europe. Samuel Huntington’s new book, Who Are We? America’s Great Debate, is likely to reinforce this view. Huntington, the Harvard politics professor who wrote The Clash of Civilizations, has written an equally provocative book about the threats to American identity posed by regionally concentrated immigration from Mexico. The book has raised an enormous stir in intellectual and media circles and has been widely…

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