Eth 125 Week 5 Assignment

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Appendix E

Part I

Define the following terms:

TermDefinition
Racial formationThe process where individuals are divided and categorized by mutable rules into different social categories. SegregationThe physical and social separation of categories of people.

De jure segregationThe physical and social separation of people by law.

PluralismA state in which people of all racial and ethnic categories have about the same overall racial standing. AssimilationThe process by which minorities gradually adopt cultural patterns from the dominant population.

Part II

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?

Arguably, the whites or Caucasian from European decent still dominates the majority of race here in the United States. But in some locations like in the West Coast or close to the border of Mexico and other South American countries, Hispanics have the majority among the races. In other parts like Hawaii, wherein there is diversity in races, the people with Japanese ancestry are the majority of the group. The most common ancestral background of these groups are Germans, British, Irish, Polish, Italians, et.al.

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?

The blacks or of the African decent is one of the larger minorities in the United States. Survey shows that Black people are most common in the Southern region States. Another large minority here in the United States is the Hispanic people. These two larger minorities are very significant to the success of our country. Each make up the labor force, serve the Armed Forces, help other people and its community.

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