Racial Formation

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Appendix E

Part I

Define the following terms:

|Term |Definition | |Racial formation |Sociohistorical process by which racial categories are created, inhibited, transformed, and | | |destroyed | |Segregation |Physical separation of two groups,often imposed by a subordinate group by a dominant group | |De jure segregation |Children assigned to schools specifically to maintain racially separated schools | |Pluralism |Mutual respect for one another's culture, a respect that allows minorities to express their own | | |culture without suffering prejudice or discrimination | |Assimilation |Process by which a subordinate individual or group takes on the characteristics of the dominant | | |group |

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?

The White race has been the majority throughout most of U.S. history with the most common ancestral backgrounds being British and European.

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 most common race minorities in the United States are the African Americans and Hispanics. The most common ancestral background...
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