Population Problems in the United States and Canada: An Outgrowth of Papers Presented at the Eighty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Association, December, 1924

Population Problems in the United States and Canada: An Outgrowth of Papers Presented at the Eighty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Association, December, 1924

Population Problems in the United States and Canada: An Outgrowth of Papers Presented at the Eighty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Association, December, 1924

Population Problems in the United States and Canada: An Outgrowth of Papers Presented at the Eighty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Association, December, 1924

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With all its open spaces, America has a particularly interesting and perplexing population problem which insistently bids for attention. The unparalleled growth in numbers, the intermixture of races, the rapid depletion of natural resources, the declining fertility in the cities, the urban migration, and the more recent curtailment of immigration, all make America a remarkable laboratory for the study of population. Here are combined unrivaled opportunities for investigation and unlimited possibilities for turning theories into practical channels. The subject, however, has not received the attention that it deserves from American demographers; only scattered and minor details have been explored. It was for these reasons that the American Statistical Association, at its annual meeting in 1924, devoted its entire attention to population problems. This book is an outgrowth of that symposium.

Such a volume has definite advantages. To the authority of the individual contributions it adds the freshness of varied opinion and point of view. This gain probably outweighs any loss suffered through lack of uniformity of style and of aim. No single person could, in any case, write a completely rounded work on population in the United States. There is greater hope of success through coöperation. The editor has, therefore, brought together those scientific men whom he considers qualified to make authentic statements. He has endeavored, without bias, to present all sides of the question, making no attempt to reconcile differences of opinion. There is . . .

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