Richard Alba is in the sociology department at the Graduate Center of the City Uni- versity of New York. He is the author of Blurring the Color Line: The New Chance for a More Integrated America.
The anti-immigrant sentiment in America in the 1920s, exemplified by the case against Sacco and Vanzetti, provides a pertinent reminder of the power of nativism as an establishment faces threatening social changes.
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