Lawrence Fuchs

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Mr. Huntington's Nightmare

Who Are We? The Challenges to America's National Identity By Samuel P. Huntington • Simon & Schuster • 408 pages • $27.00 Samuel Huntington, the Harvard political scientist and author of The Clash of Civilizations , argues in his new book that America (he calls the United States “America” throughout) cannot continue to open itself to other peoples and retain its essential character unless Americans “recommit themselves to Anglo-Protestant culture and values … that have been the source of their unity, power, prosperity, and morality as a force for good in the world.” The scale and persistence of Latino immigration, in Huntington's view, now put American unity into special jeopardy because the new immigrants arrive in a country that celebrates and even reinforces ethnic identities. Huntington particularly worries that Mexican immigrants, concentrated in the Southwest, will effectively reconquer the territory that the United States took from Mexico in the 19th century. He does not...