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The Shifting Ethnic Mosaic
The shifting ethnic mosaic

Acritical issue for the understanding of families and family change in the 20th century is the nature and importance of differences by race and ethnicity. The peculiar history of slavery in the United States rendered it one of the most, if not the most, racist society in human history (Patterson 1991). Furthermore, and perhaps not totally unrelated, it has attempted to absorb a larger number of immigrants from diverse societies and cultures than any other country. These two phenomena, racism and immigration, have been woven together to create a complex mosaic of groups struggling to create secure family lives on these shores.

In this larger historical context, the events of the 20th century have been particularly dramatic for both ...

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