Racial Diversity: Historical Worksheet

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Racial Diversity: Historical Worksheet

Answer the following questions in 100 to 250 words each. Provide citations for all the sources you use.

• Throughout most of U.S. history, in most locations, what race has been in the majority? What is the common ancestral background of most members of this group?

➢ I would say that throughout most of U.S. the race that has been the majority is the “white” race. Whites are not the majority because of their number in population but because of their social standards in the United States. Most member of this group ancestral background is from the when the Europeans came to the new land in search of new opportunities.

• 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 Native American and African Americans. Native Americans who are the first to come to North America across the Bering Strait from Asia were the first to arrive here and one of the biggest minority groups in regards to social standards. Native in 1871 were declared American Indians by the federal government and forced to move to reservations, adapt to Christianity in place of their traditional religions, and schools where taught English in place of ancestral tongues. African Americans arrived in the Americas along with the first European explorers from Africa, but short after became subordinate because of the color of their skin by 1776 it was legal in every state for them to work as slaves. In 1863 slavery was abolished and by 1865 Congress banned it everywhere in the country.

• In what ways have laws been used to enforce discrimination? Provide examples. These laws were intended against which racial minorities?

➢ Manny laws have been used to enforce discrimination by having...
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