- Focusing on American history from colonization to 1877, analyze the plight of minorities in early American society, focusing specifically on Native Americans, Africans, and women. Evaluate changing political and social movements and how the minorities were affected, both positively and negatively. Compare the difficulties and successes of minority groups in that time period with minority groups in present-day America.
Explanation & Answer
Running head: MINORITY GROUPS
Minority Groups in America
The 20th century has witnessed the transformation of the United States from a dominating
white population to society rich with an array of religious, racial and ethnic minority groups.
Historically, the country has been dominated by a settler group of ethically and religiously diverse
whites. Traced back to the first settlements from the 1600s to the 19th century, most minority
groups in the United States were as result of forced immigration to work in the American firms
(Du Bois, 2014). The heaviest burdens of the minority groups have historically fallen upon the
Africans, Native Americans and Women. This paper discusses the social and political movements
since the colonial America and how they have positive and negatively affected the minority groups
in America. It also presents a comparison of how these groups have been affected from the period
of Colonial to the modern-day America.
Minority groups in early American society
The European nations came to America to broaden their influence over the world affairs
and increase their wealth. The new entrants were particularly governed by the European homelands
which inevitably fueled up anger and rebellion during the colonial America. This movement,
impelled by powerful diverse motivations, built a nation out of the uncharted continent. Spanish
were among the first groups to explore the new world and became the first to set foot in the modern
day United States (Dalal, 2011). The first colony was founded in Virginia in the 1600s. Majority
of the New World Settles came in to escape the religious persecutions. The colonialists, both in
Massachusetts and Virginia succeeded with the aid of the minority groups. Grains, such as corn,
kept the colonialists from starving while tobacco was used as a valuable cash crop.
The impelling motive which induced the immigrants to move to the New World was the
urging desire for a greater economic opportunity. Colonialists enacted a number of programs with
the aim of achieving the main objectives of the immigrations. These initiatives led to the rise for
the need of the minority groups to ensure that the driven targets were well executed. Native
Americans, Africans and Women provided a part in the successful implementation of initiatives
during the colonial America.
The native Americans, American Indian, lived in peace and prosperity until around the 15th
century when the Europeans arrived at the shores of North America. The horses brought over
during the colonial period began to spread began to spread diseases among the natives. Due to
lack of immunity from these diseases, thousands began to die from measles and chicken pox.
During the colonial era, the British Crown dealt with the Indians tribes as foreign sovereign
nations. A number of attitudes were used by the colonies to deal with the native Americans. With
the use of doctrine of discovery, identified as pre-emption, the colonialists claimed that they had
tittle to the Indian Land and they natives were only allowed to occupy (Dalal, 2011). The Indians
were allowed to sell land by only to the colonial conquerors.
Dispossession did not fully solve the “native problem”. Colonies were forced to enact the
act of removal. Free undeveloped lands of the Americas were rava...