The Importance Of Ethnic Groups In The United States

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1. Why did people who lived in the US before get upset when new groups arrived? – People who lived in the U.S. before got upset when new groups arrived because it, “…seeds of new and serious social problems for American society and an acceleration of its social and structural breakdown” (2). In addition to a “structural breakdown,” it also made Americans worry that the United States was no longer prepared to manage its borders and therefore losing the idea of American standards. Americans also perceived that the U.S. could not, “…afford the cost of caring for the new ethnic immigrant groups” (2).

2. What are some examples of ethnic groups that have experienced this kind of treatment in the past in the United States? – From the beginning of the European settlement, this kind of treatment has taken place in the U.S. because many worry about the,
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Why were people in the past encouraged to give up their ethnic heritage and become “Americanized”? – People in the past were encouraged to give up their ethnic heritage and become “Americanized” because of the, “…massive population increases, the development of large cities, the formation of social classes, and the grouping of peoples into progressively larger units” (6). The book states that, “…many other writers have noted, individuals have shown a continuing need to merge their individual identity with some ancestral group…” (6). The book also reads that Gordon came up with the idea that, “... the fragmentation of social life has left competing models for this sense of peoplehood; people are forced to choose among these models or somehow to integrate them completely” (6).

5. What’s good about keeping your ethnic identity? – Keeping your ethnic identity is good because it presents a basis of individuality, principles, and unity. Without certain cultures keeping their ethnic identity, society would not be multi-racial. Thus, all ethnic groups are essential in regards to introducing a richness in culture in the

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