Eth/125 Appendix E

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Appendix E

Part I

Define the following terms:

Racial formationIt is defined as the process where individuals are divided and categorized by mutable rules into different racial categories. SegregationIt is defined as the act of separating individuals from a main body or group.

De jure segregationIt is a real segregation or isolation of individuals from a main group which is imposed by law.

PluralismIt is defined as a condition, where different groups culturally, ethnically or religiously are present and are tolerated in a given society.

AssimilationTo adapt or conform one’s self to a new different environment. |

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? Throughout American history the white race has been the majority because it included the Hispanic Americans as well as those that are from the Mid-Western part of the country. This is the answer because at some times in our history race was deemed by the pigment of one’s skin. Those with a lighter pigmentation were considered white. Although the color of their skin may have been lighter it had nothing to do with their ethnicity which further took away from their identity.

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?

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

In what ways have laws been used to eliminate discrimination? Provide examples. Did the laws work to eliminate discrimination?
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