Reason Hell: Deception by graphs

Via the usual source of right wing nonsense comes this article:

Which has this graph in it:

The point of the image being: ‘look at that alarming rise’. Nicely, though, the graph itself is hosted here and you can download the data such that it is

Throwing into the mix the actual US population for the historical years and looking at those figures as a proportion gives:


This graph tells a different story: a return to a historical norm rather than a change of character. A baby boom and some shifts in immigration policy leading to an unusual dip by the 1970s.