The Nation: Who's Ahead

Some doubts have arisen about the American dream that immigrants can fairly rapidly rise to affluence. A new study confirms that at least in the longer perspective of the nation's 199 years, the dream worked for some immigrant groups — and better than most people probably realized. It concludes that Jews and Catholic "ethnics" are doing better than Protestants whose forebears immigrated to the U.S. much earlier.

The study was compiled by Chicago's National Opinion Research Center under Father Andrew M. Greeley, a priest who is a prominent sociologist. His researchers took a "composite sample" of 18,000 households, put together...

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