Myths of the Melting Pot Essay

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Perhaps, the “Melting Pot” myth gained strength during the Industrial Revolution. With millions of immigrants entering the United States, culture was changing within the United States. Americans set a high standard for there society and everyone wanted to be accepted. There was a social requirement to live in a civil society creating together the “American Dream,” which leads to prosperity. Many immigrants moving to the United States brought with them various traditions of their culture and after moving, they repressed such beliefs and forged ahead with a new way of “American Thinking.” The rituals and traditions of such societies should have brought diversity to this nation’s culture however, these ways would soon become a part of …show more content…
In Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson clearly presents the state with information that African Americans are not equal to white Americans. The document describes in detail how leading government officials are trying to decide what to do with African Americans after slavery was abolished. He talks about African Americans in a way that they appear to be a specimen he is examining. Jefferson refers to them as being good at many things whites do such as crafts, poetry, and music. Though African Americans share some of the same hobbies, as whites it is important to Jefferson to remind the state these similarities are not strong enough to integrate races. Jefferson keeps alive the belief that separation of race was important in order to have a civil society. He along with many other hi-ranking government officials of his time believed that African Americans should live in separate colonies. Even Abraham Lincoln who is often associated with the abolishment of slavery believed in such ideas. Many Americans glorify Abraham Lincoln for the freedom of slavery however; he was mainly concerned with the north controlling the southern states not slavery. The ideas within

Screven 3 this document uncover the truth divulging a particular part of society that wanted separation to stay within American society. Americas white society today tends to want to

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