Define the following terms:
Racial formation| The historical process, by which racial categories are created, inhabited, transformed, and destroyed.| Segregation| The act or practice of segregating.|
De jure segregation| Segregation that is imposed by law.| Pluralism| A form of society in which minority groups maintain their independent cultural traditions.| Assimilation| The act or process of assimilating; state or condition of being assimilated.|
Answer the following questions in 150 to 350 words each:
* Throughout most of U.S. history in most locations, what race has been the majority? What is the common ancestral background of most members of this group? The majority race in U.S. history was the Caucasians. The most common ancestral background of the Caucasian group is European. There were many other ancestral backgrounds but European was the most common in the United States at the point in time.
* What are some of the larger racial minorities in U.S. history? What have been the common ancestral backgrounds of each of these groups? When did each become a significant or notable minority group? Some of the larger racial minorities in U.S. history are African Americans and Hispanics. African Americans ancestral background is partial the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa. They are mostly from the central and western parts of Africa. Most of all of their ancestors were slaves in the United States.
* In what ways have laws been used to enforce discrimination? Provide examples. These laws were intended against which racial minorities? Laws have been used to enforce discrimination by preventing African Americans from having equality in the south because of the Jim Crow law for about 100 years. This law was intended against African Americans in the southern parts of America.
* In what ways have laws been used to...