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Late United States Case Study

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1. The United States is an ethnically and racially diverse nation. Explain how this happened over the last 500 years.
The United States has not been as diverse as it is today. It started with hundreds of Native American tribes most of whom were later killed when Europeans arrived from England, settled in, and colonized American territory. Those Native Americans who survived were forced to relocate and often assimilate to European culture and its effects continue to live on today. Later, other Europeans including the French, Dutch, Spanish, Irish, Swedish, and German brought their language, religion, and political structures with them to America which created the foundation for modern American culture. Africans also voluntarily settled in
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However, appearances alone are not enough to determine where someone may be from or what group they associate with. A student may also appear to look the same as someone in an ethnic group but they may not identify as being part of that ethnic group due to immigration. For example, two students may appear to be Asian, but they may come from two different ethnic groups. One may be solely Asian while the other may be Asian American. Therefore, it is difficult for teachers to determine student’s ethnicity solely based on their appearance.

3. Compare de jure segregation to de facto segregation.
De jure segregation is legally practiced and upheld by the law. The government requires and enforces the separation of individuals based on their race in de jure segregation. De facto segregation is not legally mandated by the government. It is the optional separation of the races involved in the segregation. Both forms of segregation have kept people apart due to their race and hindered the integration of public school systems.

4. How does membership in oppressed groups impact students?
Students of oppressed groups can and often do face oppression inside of the school. They are more likely to receive severer school punishments for minor offenses than other students. As a result, students of oppressed groups miss more school days thus have higher dropout rates overall. While they are in school, students who are
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