American Ethnic Relations : A Historical Perspective

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Since the beginning of time, man has always found ways and means to distinguish himself a step above his neighbor. In the sciences, this innate behavior of humanity is described as a natural phenomenon, which is to be expected when members within a community are in competition for similar resources and opportunities. However, since the dawn of civilization, man has risen above this ‘dog-eat-dog’ mentality to consciously fashion more sophisticated avenues/models to place himself above his fellow man, based on elaborate philosophies, culture, religion and physiological differences (with the most obvious being complexion ), to mention but a few. The four main examples of these models of class-allocation and/or ethnic separation in the United States of America are thoroughly addressed by George M. Fredrickson in his essay, “Models of American Ethnic Relations: A Historical Perspective”. He approaches the subject in a very systematic way, showing the relationship between each of the models and its predecessor. He also presents it in a chronological way, which allows the reader to apply and understand the ideas being presented based on the historical context. Lawrence W. Levine approaches the issue of ethnic relations in a slightly different light in his book, “The Opening of the American Mind”. He focuses on the two central components of the entire matter: One-way Assimilation (the melting pot ideology) and Cultural Pluralism, given that the two other models (Ethnic

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