The term melting-pot has been used since the 1700s. It has always been a metaphor to describe immigrants coming to America. The melting pot is a fusion of cultures and ethnicities into one larger culture. Americans did not like the idea of immigration to their country, viewing their country as beautiful the way it was. Many thought America would be ruined if too many people immigrated and left their cultural mark on the country.
Another positive effect can be read on documents 1 and 5. These documents show how both the oppressors and oppressed benefit from getting new resources such as raw m... ... middle of paper ... ... of power and they also felt as though they needed to help smaller nations like if it was their burden, which Europeans called it the “white man’s burden”. Mother countries were destroying ethnic groups and causing civil wars between smaller nations. Modern imperialism can be described that is was never good. When a nation took over a smaller nation for economic, political, or social reason, they were imperialistic, creating the oppressors and oppressed system of the mother and colonized nations.
The war manifested racial prejudices which illustrated both the United States’ and Japan’s national pride and pretensions as well as tensions and fears, creating a new form of racial consciousness. Each country created a racial framework for depicting the enemy as an “other” within their propaganda, as an attempt to provide a justification for merciless war tactics. However, these racial perceptions differed drastically. Racialization of WWII offers evidence that race-thinking is often inconsistent and transformed to accommodate various political agendas that result in social and historical consequences. World War II created an immense mobilization in both resources and ideas.
Construction is a politically bias process and in the social make up of the society, the census ends up demarcating categories... ... middle of paper ... ...nd racial discourses. But at present attempts are being made for the census to resist the assimilative stance and asserting the politics of difference of all forms of nuances. Conclusion Census racial categorization is scientifically baseless; an infringement of human rights and Shade of Citizenship can be thus read as a manifesto for the colorblind theory. First time in US history, individuals are able to identity themselves as belonging to more than one race. The ‘Duel Citizenship’ is catering for the growing multiracial proportion of the population.
Imperialism is the policy of a state aiming at establishing control beyond its borders over people unwilling to except such control. Because of this unwillingness imperialist policy always involves the use of power against its victims. It has therefore often been considered morally reprehensive, and the term has been employed in international propaganda to discredit an opponent’s policy. In the Nineteenth Century America, this was conveyed as the awakening of economic and political values. Principally, the goal was to seize the market of raw materials for its cultural gains and to create dominion by appealing to a wide range of people.
Many different groups and religions such as Islam and China are not happy with this idea of Americanization. These groups are trying to push their brand or even simply keep their traditions and the threat of Americanization is fueling a fire. Samuel Huntington says that “The most dangerous clashes of the future are likely to arise from the interaction of Western arrogance, Islamic intolerance, and sinic assertiveness.”. (258) As America interacts with other cultures, this is sought to create clashes of religion, and economies across the world. People look at this and say that we as a nation are making the world a uniformed place because everyone is obtaining a part of our culture.
It is basically a belief that the U.S. is "different" from all other countries, and thus, is necessary to be also considered as different. One of the historical examples can be cited from the start of U.S.'s ambitions regarding imperial motives. In the contemporary scene, this concept is more used to heighten the American pride especially for elections (for the benefit of the politicians). This was elucidated by Hook and Spanier by discussing the perception of "American destiny" by some public officials. The view regarding country's difference from other nations "also allowed the United States to behave hypocritically by acting like other nations in its continental expansion while casting its motives in the noblest terms (Hook and Spanier, p.
Throughout America’s history, there have been numerous incidents of unnecessary incrimination of certain races, perhaps most evidently the internment of Japanese-Americans between World War I and World War II. Not only did public opinions shift towards illogical discrimination of the foreigners, degrading propaganda, discriminating laws, and segregation/separation began taking over the nation. Mainly due to the idea of national safety, irrational fear of the Japanese quickly arose and the government saw internment as a reasonable response, which only led to the Americans feeling superior to the so-called “inferior creatures.” During the gap between the World Wars, the American population took drastic measures in order to make it clear that they are superior to the Japanese and the United States truly is their country.
Also, it implies that scientists were concerned with the interracial marriages for it would basically contaminate what was American. In Immigrants and Their Children, Niles talks of "Americanizing" these foreigners. In doing so, he goes on to explain that they could be divided into two groups: "old" immigrants and "new" immigrants. The idea of "old" immigrants having a better chance of being Americanized is understandable. The longer that they have been here the more adapted they are to the way of life.
In the 18th to 19th century the factor determining the everyday life of many people was egotistic, uncompassionate nations of ‘superior’ cultures and religious doctrines. These nations with their superior ideals studied and applied imperialism to nations, they thought were uncivilized. According to Merriam Webster Imperialism is ‘the effect that a powerful country or group of countries has in changing or influencing the way people live in other, poorer countries.’ Imperialism was an era of major changes, in which for the better and the worst, the imperialized nations were affected. Many poets and philosophers commented on imperialism in their writings, some were in agreement and others were opposed of imperialism. One of these poets is Rudyard