Week 1-Discussion 1

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Week 1-Discussion 1 The 1800’s was a time of conflict over race and citizenship because it was during this time that the country was changing so much. Many wars were fought during this time regarding land and the desire of Americans to conquer more and more of the West. The civil war between the north and south culminated in the release from captivity of thousands of African Americans that now must enter the work force. Along with this surge in workers looking for a new start, foreigners begin to migrate to the United States at an alarming rate. It was said that by 1890 over 15% of the American population were foreign born (Barnes & Bowles, 2014)! As this population grew, nativism and anti-immigration sentiment grew as well. Nativists described new immigrants as “distinct ‘races’ from inferior civilizations” (Barnes & Bowles, 2014). African Americans, were at the brunt of a lot of the racial discrimination experienced. The
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