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The Third Edition of Diversity in America offers both a sociohistorical perspective and a sociological analysis to provide insights into U.S. diversity. The author squarely addresses the topics which generate more passionate, invective, and raucous debate than all others in American society today: Is multiculturalism a threat to us? Should immigration be more closely controlled? Are we no longer sufficiently “American” and why? The book answers these questions by using history and sociology to shed light on socially constructed myths about our past, misunderstandings from our present, and anxieties about our future.
New to the Third Edition
Offers a new section in each chapter, “The Larger Context,” which places multiculturalism in a comparative perspective to other developed countries; Examines what constitutes a racial or ethnic group; Includes new chapter-opening photographs that visually illustrate the context of that chapter; Presents expanded commentary in many chapters about the influence of Asian culture in the earlier part of U.S. history and provides expanded discussion about Arabs, Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans; Discusses the social constructionist approach as a further understanding about the perception of groups such as Native Americans and racial minorities; Explores how transnationalism affects multiculturalism; Expands the discussion on the PATRIOT Act and its impact on immigrants; Offers maps showing the territorial size of the United States during the eras discussed in Chapters 2 through 6
This is an ideal supplement for courses in Race and Ethnic Relations, Immigration History, American Studies, or other courses on diversity.
Chapter 3: Diversity in Colonial Times
Diversity in Colonial Times
“The Scold” (1885) is an engraving by an unknown artist that depicts a New England colonial street scene with a woman wearing a scold's bridle. Those who blasphemed, lied, or gossiped excessively had to wear this iron mask with a flat spike to curb their tongues.
[Page 40]What most people remember about early U.S. history is that the 13 English colonies fought for their independence from the “Mother Country” of England. Because the English held cultural and political preeminence in the colonial and early national periods, this myth of cultural homogeneity arose. The actions and/or writings of contemporary English American leaders, historians, and literary figures enhanced the myth, and their dominance and influence cast a long shadow across subsequent ...