•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 of the population throughout most of U.S. history. The reason for this is that many immigrants came from Europe and began forming the colonies in what is now called the United States. The common ancestral background of White Americans is of European stock, namely German, English, Irish, French, Scandinavian, and Norwegian with a few Dutch and Polish immigrants. It is interesting to note that many people of European ancestry have a small percentage of African or African American blood as defined by ‘blood quantum’. It is also noted that many Europeans also have trace of African DNA. Most people that self-identify as ‘White’ have an admixture of African American, or Native American genetics.”In 1958 Robert Stuckert produced a statistical analysis using historical census data and immigration statistics. He concluded that the growth in the White population could not be attributed to births in the White population and immigration from Europe alone, but also from a significant contribution from the American Black population as well. He concluded that at the time, 21 percent of white Americans had some recent African (or African-American) ancestors. He also concluded that the majority of Americans of African descent were partly white and not entirely black”. (Stuckert, 1958, pg. 155)1
• 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?
There are four large minority races which are of note in U.S. history. In 1900, nine out of ten minorities were African American. From 1980 to 1998 there was a 25 percent increase in African American population. This...