Ethnicity, Persistence of (Perspectives in Education)

When most historians and sociologists of American life discuss the term ethnicity, they generally focus on people who have different roots from those in the dominant group, that is, foreigners, minorities, and other so-called outsiders. But the fact is that all Americans are ethnics, including the Yankees and other groups from the British Isles who came to the Americas and established their communities of faith and enterprise in several geographic regions on America's eastern seaboard. They may have had different reasons for migrating, but in the aggregate the members of the various Anglo-American communities had more in common with one another than with other nationality groups. Whether fighting or negotiating the numerous indigenous groups they encountered and whose lands they occupied or struggling to establish ...

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