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Define the following terms:
|Term |Definition |
|Racial formation |The process of dividing individuals into racial categories |
|Segregation |Separation of people by race, class or ethnic group from the majority group |
|De jure segregation |Racial separation by law |
|Pluralism |People have equal social standing by law but diversity tolerance is restricted |
|Assimilation |When minorities start to take on the majorities language, cultural beliefs and dress |
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 race that has been the majority throughout history has been white or Caucasian American. They are the majority due to their social standing and due to numbers. The most common ancestral background of most members of this group is European. They came to the United States to forge 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 throughout U.S. history have been Native American, African American, Hispanic American and Asian Americans.
• In what ways have laws been used to enforce discrimination? Provide examples. These laws were intended against which racial minorities?
The Jim Crow laws that banned black people from voting and...