Ronald Takaki, a History of Multicultural America Essay

1797 Words Dec 4th, 2010 8 Pages
Throughout history many ethnic cliques have experienced abuse and distrust from our American society. The people in America seem to be less understanding, and less willing to accept cultures different from their own, at least years ago. Groups such as the Indians, the African Americans, and the Immigrants, fall deeply into this category. The situations and struggles they have gone through are greatly explained in Ronald Takaki’s novel, “A Different Mirror, A History of a Multicultural America.” Although they have experienced a lot, particular financial and social configuration have changed, helping change our perspective of each civilization, for better or even worse. When the New England people set off to America to, “cultivate the …show more content…
These rights included, freedom of speech, religion, petition, and press, along with right to bear arms and the right of privacy. Along with these rights was a mishap, these rights only applied to the typical white male. This allowed the white American people to enslave the African American members of its society. People often made comments about the color of an African American’s skin as, “this blackness proceedeth rather of some natural infection of man,” [pg. 49] or they were, “deeply stained with dirt,” ”foul, dark, or deadly.” [pg. 50] People were often afraid of the differences in the skin color that it turned to hatred. The color white to them represented, “purity, innocence, goodness.” [pg. 50] The white Americans feared that they might lose control over themselves such as the Africans already had. This fear led to hatred, and rejection of anyone this color. As this hatred grew, colonizers started capturing African people from their homelands, and bringing them to the United States to sell as property. Most were sold first as indentured servants, people who are stuck by a contract to serve their leader for seven years in order to pay them back for the expense of them to come to America. This gathering planned on completing their time as workers, and then eventually being able to own a house of their own, since the idea of coming to America offered the

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