Cultural Diversity In The United States Essay

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Understanding cultural diversity in the United States is vastly important when it comes to the modern dynamics and politics that shape the regions and the people who now inhabit and have inhabited the Western hemisphere long before initial European colonization as well the various ethnic groups that subsequently came afterwards in search of religious, political, and economic freedoms the vast American continent had to offer. With Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the year 1492, shortly after the Reconquista successfully vanquished and removed the Islamic Moors in the Iberian peninsula, the stage was set for newly discovered Western lands, thought to be Asia, to be converted to Catholicism and its riches plunged and purged, if not exploited, …show more content…
Henry Hudson an English explorer, in 1609 landed on Sandy Hook on behalf of the Dutch, who at the time had the greatest mercantile fleet in the world, however, it was not until 1624 when Dutch colonialist first settled on the island of Manhattan, which was inhabited by various tribes notably the Lenape and Munsee people who belong to the Algonquain family group. The Dutch founded New Amsterdam and before long the sprawling metropolis that is today New York City came to fruition, the history that ensued and unfolded contains battles over Independence and skirmishes with the British and ethical and moral dilemmas over chattel slavery. The need for the pluralism and its ideals and the understanding of the elements that lead to such a racially diversified nation are ones that should be embraced by all Americans in order to understand the context in which their daily lives and realities take place and the ideologies they, as well as myself, have internalized into what is the American collective …show more content…
The Civil War, which was fought over slavery, Native American genocide and relocation, the lives of thousands of Africans in the Caribbean and the American South as well as 19th century migrants and the exclusionary measures they faced are all factors that have shaped what America looks like today, from the prejudices that are prevalent and the policies politicians enact upon. To study history is to understand the present, to understand diversity is to understand American society, and if one can manage to do this and appreciate the struggles of the millions who lived before us on this very soil one can begin to make this country the place, they all and we all, have dreamt and dream of when we think of the classic old tale of the American

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