Associate Program Material
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?
Throughout most of U.S. history, whites have been in the majority. In fact, the Cencus Bureau “released population projections showing that non-Hispanic whites will no longer be the majority of the population in 2042” (Perez & Hirschman, 2009, para 2), indicating that whites have been the majority for a long while. Most whites in the United States are of European decent, hailing from countries such as England, Spain, France and Portugal (Schaefer, 2012). The most recent census done in 2012 shows that the “white alone” percentage is 77.9, and the “white alone, not hispanic or latino” percentage is 63. The next highest percentage is Hispanic, with 16.9 (USA Quick Facts, 2013).
• 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 largest racial minorities are black, hispanic, and Asian. The black population in America began at the same time as the white population, however “the African people were brought involuntarily and in bondage” (Schaefer, 2012, p 175). The black population hails from Africa, however, ther are many different cultures throughout the continent that contributed to the slave trade and the immigration of blacks to America. Hispanics have been in the United States longer than it has been a country, having travelled north from the Aztec and Myan civilizations. During the time of exploration and conoliztion, “the Spaniards conqurered the land and merged with the Native Americans to form the Mexican people” (Schaefer, 2012, p 238). Asians...