In Joel Spring’S Book, Deculturalization And The Struggle

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In Joel Spring’s book, Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality (2016) he explains the many discrimination actions towards different cultures. The first chapter in the book talks about the superiority of the Anglo-American. These Europeans that came to America saw the world in four different ways, between Protestants and Catholics and then the civilized and uncivilized. During this time, Protestants were considered superior to Catholics, “political freedom was only intended for protestants. Virginia banned Catholics from public offices in the 1640s; Massachusetts expelled Catholic priests in 1647; and after 1689 New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland refused to grant citizenship to immigrant Catholics,” (Spring, 2016, p. 6).…show more content…
Asian Americans also faced a lot of the same treatment as African Americans, except they weren’t forced into slavery. When Chinese Americans came to the U.S. they didn’t have much money so they were hired to build the transcontinental railroad, but were paid one-third less than white workers were paid (Spring, 2016, p.70). But in 1942, Chinese Americans were granted the right to become naturalized citizens, yet, they were still under a limited immigration quota. Also, Japanese Americans were seen as the enemy during World War II. Even though Japanese Americans have been working hard in the U.S. and even offered, joining the U.S. military to fight against their homeland, they were still put into concentration camps (Spring, 2016, p. 75). Hispanic and Latino Americans faced segregation, limited citizenship, and denial of education. Mexican Americans fought for a bilingual education, equality of working conditions on farms, and full citizenship. Mexican American families wanted their children to get a fair education with instruction in Spanish and English (p. 96). While Puerto Rican Americans fought for independence, equality of education, and citizenship. Spring (2016) expresses the views of Puerto Rican Americans, “it is important to understand that the citizens of Puerto Rico did not ask to become part of the United States” (p. 99). At the end of the book, Spring (2016) discusses the Great Civil Rights Movement and the “post-racial”

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