Who We Are Now
The Changing Face of America in the Twenty-first CenturyBook - 2004
A revealing view of America and its citizens at the dawn of a new century, by the author of the New York Times Notable Book Who We Are
For more than two centuries, America has taken stock every decade, producing a statistical self-portrait of our population. In Who We Are Now , Sam Roberts identifies and illuminates the trends and social shifts changing the face of America today.
America is in the midst of a fundamental transformation. The nation's complexion changed significantly over the twentieth century, creating more varied and intermingled identities, and with the baby boomers nearing retirement and their children entering college, the graying of America has been balanced, precariously, by the youth culture. And in the wake of welfare reform in the 1990s, the fate of the working poor has become all the more tenuous. Roberts masterfully weaves stories of individuals from all corners of the country alongside the data from the latest U.S. census, creating a compelling guided tour of the places, personalities, and politics that will shape America as the new century stretches before us.