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Due Week 3 and worth 120 pointsAfter the Civil War, the United States had to recover from war, handle western expansion, and grapple with very new economic forms. However, its greatest issues would revolve around the legacies of slavery and increasing diversity in the decades after the Civil War. In the South, former slaves now had freedom and new opportunities but, despite the Reconstruction period, faced old prejudices and rapidly forming new barriers. Immigrants from Europe and Asia came in large numbers but then faced political and social restrictions. Women continued to seek rights. Yet, on the whole, America became increasingly diverse by the 1920s. Consider developments, policies, and laws in that period from 1865 to the 1920s. Examine the statement below and drawing from provided sources, present a paper with specific examples and arguments to demonstrate the validity of your position.Statement—in which you can take a pro or con position:
- Political policies and movements in the period from 1865 to the 1920s generally promoted diversity and “the melting pot” despite the strong prejudices of a few. (or you can take the position that they did not). Use specific examples of policies or movements from different decades to support your position.
- The position you choose —or something close to it—will be the thesis statement in your opening paragraph.
- To support your position, use three (3) specific examples from different decades between 1865 and 1930. You may narrowly focus on race or gender or immigrant status, or you may use examples relevant to all categories.
- Explain why the opposing view is weak in comparison to yours.
- Consider your life today: In what way does the history you have shown shape or impact issues in your workplace or desired profession?
- This course requires use of new Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
- Be typed, double spaced between lines, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow SWS format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the Sources page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
- Identify and discuss the different ways that the heritage of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and segregation have shaped America’s history.
- Specify ways that women and minorities have responded to challenges and made contributions to American culture.
- Summarize and discuss the ways that formal policies of government have influenced the direction of historical and social development in the United States.
- Recognize the major turning points in American history since the Civil War.
- Use technology and information resources to research issues in contemporary U.S. history.
- Write clearly and concisely about contemporary U.S. history using proper writing mechanics.
Explanation & Answer
Running head: DEALING WITH DIVERSITY IN AMERICA
Dealing with Diversity in America
DEALING WITH DIVERSITY IN AMERICA
Dealing with Diversity in America
The political parties and movements in the period from 1865 to the 1920s did not
promote diversity and “the melting pot” despite the strong prejudices of a few.
Diversity was not encouraged after the Civil War, which can be seen by the
census taken by the United States census bureau indicating that by 1890, the number of
Negros was 6,337980, mulattoes were 105,135 and octoroons were 69,936 in number. In
the 1930s, the mixed-race individuals were counted as Negros. The Indians, who were
Native Americans, were identified as a tribe instead of their ancestry. There was an
official classification system in America, where groups were defined by ethnic systems.
The ranking helped to establish which group would dominate, where an individual was
allowed to go, ownership of property, marriage, and citizenship (Schultz, 2018). There
was a specific status that would be availed only to specific people such as voting, school
attendance, and medical care services.
The racial classification systems affected different factors such as employment,
court cases and attendance to higher learning institutions. The racial classifications
resulted in social, political and economic inequalities and that led to the impoverishment
of disadvantaged groups such as the African Americans. The minority groups started to
help each other on mobilizing and improving their living conditions so that they could do
away with prejudice and poor treatment (Harjo, 1996).
The opposing side of indicating that there was diversity from 1865 to the 1920...