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1 Section Outline 1 of 10 A Portrait of Americans Section 2: America: A Cultural Mosaic I.The American Identity II.European Americans III.Hispanic Americans IV.African Americans V.Asian Americans VI.Native Americans VII.Our Population Today Section Reading Support Transparency

2 2 of 10 A Portrait of Americans Section 2: America: A Cultural Mosaic Main Idea Americans are part of a mosaic in which each piece is an essential part of American society. Key Terms Immigrant Discrimination Racism Exclusion law Census

3 The American Identity Immigrants People who move from their homes in one country to make their homes in another 3 of 10 A Portrait of Americans Section 2: America: A Cultural Mosaic A Melting Pot? It is inaccurate to say that America is a melting pot because Americans have not melted together to form one single identity. The American Mosaic A mosaic is made up of many different tiles. Americans are very diverse, like tiles in a mosaic. Go Online: Immigration to the United States,

4 4 of 10 A Portrait of Americans Section 2: America: A Cultural Mosaic European Americans The First Immigrants The first Europeans came to America from England, Ireland, and Scotland in the 1600s and 1700s. Other Europeans Many settlers came to America from Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia. Between 1830 and 1920, large numbers of Germans, Slavs, Russians, Irish, Italians, and Greeks immigrated to America.

5 5 of 10 A Portrait of Americans Section 2: America: A Cultural Mosaic Hispanic Americans Hispanics As America expanded in the 1800s, it added former Spanish colonies such as Florida, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Latino Culture Latino immigrants today come from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Latino culture is influencing many aspects of American society.

6 6 of 10 A Portrait of Americans Section 2: America: A Cultural Mosaic African Americans Enslavement Many ancestors of African Americans did not come to America voluntarily; they were forced into slavery. Discrimination The unfair treatment of a group of people compared with another group Struggle for Equality African Americans have fought hard to obtain equal rights in America. Racism: the belief that members of ones own race are superior to those of other races

7 7 of 10 A Portrait of Americans Section 2: America: A Cultural Mosaic Asian Americans The First Asian Immigrants Many young men from southeastern China came to America during the 1849 gold rush in California. Many Japanese farmers and businessmen also prospered in America. Exclusion Laws of 1882 and 1907 Laws prohibiting further immigration to the United States from China or Japan

8 8 of 10 A Portrait of Americans Section 2: America: A Cultural Mosaic Native Americans The Original Inhabitants Native Americans were living in America thousands of years before the Europeans began arriving. European Settlement Despite their best efforts, Native Americans were gradually pushed west by the European settlers. Living in Modern America The Native American population continues to adapt to the changing face of America today.

9 9 of 10 A Portrait of Americans Section 2: America: A Cultural Mosaic Our Population Today Census A population survey that is taken every ten years. The 2000 Census and Diversity The nonwhite population increased from 20 percent in 1990 to 25 percent in The Hispanic population increased from 9 percent in 1990 to 12 percent in This is evidence that America is becoming increasingly diverse.

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