Race In America

The perception of race has played a major part in the way Americans think about their history. Race continues to convince many people into the belief that American experience forms the exception in world history, the variation from structure that appears to hold for everybody else. Elsewhere, classes within society may have experienced difficulty over authority and freedom, over persecution and oppression, over competing discernment for morality and right; but in the United States, these were next in line after the underlying theme of race. Race has factored into social, economic, political and educational aspects in society in years past and even today.

Jamestown, founded in 1607 by the Virginia Company, was the first English settlement
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The first Africans arrived to Jamestown in 1619. Many of these Africans were kidnapped from his or her homelands in different parts of Africa, had his or her identity was stripped away and were given a new one, he or she were beaten, tortured, forced to “Christianize”, etc. At the time the first Africans arrived, he or she were indentured servants, not slaves. After many years of working, indentured servants became free and acquired land. The method of originating slavery based on a person’s race did not take place in the first years of settlement; race-based slavery began in the mid-1600’s. By the end of the 1660’s, slavery was reserved for Africans only. A series of laws were passed from the 1660’s to the 1680’s where African Americans became slaves for life. One law that passed in Virginia in 1662 said, “A child born to a slave mother is a slave. A child born to a free mother is free.” Another law that was passed in 1670 stated, “No Indian or free Negro can purchase a Christian, but they can purchase Indians and Negroes.” During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Virginia instructed other colonies on how to legally endorse human enslavement based on race. Even northern colonies with little need for …show more content…
The United States had just been off at war with the Nazis, and because of the major racist ideologies, racism had been discredited. The racist legal institutions of race-based slavery were an embarrassment. During the 1930’s and 1940’s, there had been a large number of African Americans that migrated to the North, where they became a more important voting block, and therefore the conflict of civil rights could be translated into national politics more easily. The mechanization of agriculture and other economic changes caused a decline in sharecropping in the South in the 1930’s, and by the middle 1950’s it was no longer a crucial element in the Southern economy. This meant that one of the main reasons for the system of racial domination in the South no longer mattered. Even though the struggles against the segregationist laws continued in the South, the civil rights movement increased national

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