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Sarah Johnson HIST 1103.005 Dec. 13, 2010 Final Exam 3. It is unfortunate that prejudice is a constant throughout American history. Each time the victimized group has been “not like us.” Chronicle the prejudice in each era (listed below), identify the “us,” give the reasons for discrimination, and describe what actions were taken against these groups. Remember that these groups might be social, religious, economic, cultural, or political ones. Discuss as many different ones as you can in the time allotted. History describes what has taken place to get us to where we are now. The gift of knowing what has happened in the past has shown the people of the world how and why things are in the present. The past explains the way older generations may view things, depending on if it has to do with race, the role of a certain gender, or politics. There are several different ways to discriminate against one another. What are the different ways of discrimination, and who was it against? Who are the “us” (in “not like us”)? Throughout history there has always been cases of Americans who are different be seen as “not like us.” Within several accounts of people discriminating and being prejudice changed throughout history. Discrimination and those who are prejudice have taken place throughout our history. Some may wonder how far back? Well as far back as the 1620’s and wouldn’t doubt that it took place before then. During the search to the New World, England ends up making a claim of settlement in Virginia in the Americas. Slavery was a big discrimination between African Americans and whites, because the black people were not like us, the whites. As Europeans founded America, they brought Africans to this country through slave trades; the Africans came as workers to the white man. The problem of the English was the Native people. The Indians were different not like an English man, which this went both ways for the Indians too. The Indians started attacking the settlers; in “1622” they killed “347 Europeans in a ... surprise attack.” (Divine, 38) The type of discrimination against the English to the Indians and Indians to
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2 the English would be cultural discrimination. Later on, in 1630, the English church had accepted women and blacks to be members but they “could not vote for ministers.” (Divine, 45) The people of the English church were known as the Puritans. The “Puritans hoped to escape political and religious persecution,” they were targeted by others not like them. (Bouseman, “The New England Colonies”) Another group was the Quakers, they were another religious group. Others were prejudice towards this group within the 1630’s-40; they usually “annoyed people of rank and achievement.” (Divine, 53) Even though the Puritans knew that both men and women are counted equal before the Lord, women were still victimized under the civil law. Under the law, women did not have equal rights until further in history; the exact date for women’s rights is in 1920, this becomes known as the 19 th Amendment.
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