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?

• “Germans are the largest ancestral group in the United States; the 2008 census showed that about 17 percent of Americans saying they had at least some German ancestry. Although most German Americans are assimilated, it is possible to see the ethnic tradition in some areas. In Milwaukee, they have a population that is 48 percent German ancestry” (University of Phoenix, 2011, p. 117). The text also goes on to say that Germany is just one of 20 European nations from which at least 1 million people claim to have ancestry in the United States. There are also more than 36 million Irish Americans, and the Republic of Ireland had a population of 4 million in 2008. From the staggering facts on the populations of certain immigrants that made up the majority of the population for many years. Race is socially constructed, as we learned in Chapter 1. Sometimes we come to define our race by the majority even when of a mixed race. People who are the children of an African American and Mexican American are biracial or “mixed,” They come to be seen by others by whatever has been socially constructed to their best interest. In today’s society, what it means to be White in the United States has really changed. All of the different immigrants and biracial mixes has put the white people classification in the minority classification.

• 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?

• According to University of Phoenix Racial and Ethnic Groups (2011), as early as...
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