Subordinate Group Member


Assignment: Journal Entry of a Subordinate Group Member
Resources: Ch. 1 in Racial and Ethnic Groups and U.S. Census Bureau American Fact Finder Website

Select any of the subordinate groups from Ch. 1 of the text, provided below. Because the chapter does not list all subordinate groups, you may select any other group that has a documented history in the United States.

Subordinate Groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Arab Americans, Filipino Americans, Korean Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Asian Indians, Hawaiians, Irish Americans, Polish Americans, Norwegian Americans, Jewish Americans, Cuban Americans, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Ricans.

Identify and describe which, if any, of these creation and consequence situations the group has faced:

Creation: migration, annexation, or colonization

Consequences: extermination, expulsion, secession, segregation, fusion, or assimilation

Write a fictional, first-person account of the creation and consequence situations of a subordinate group in the United States in the form of a 700- to 1,050-word journal entry.

Describe, as if you were a member of that subordinate group, where the group originated, how it came to the United States, and one or two locations in the United States where members of your group live. Be creative in your fictional descriptions, but accurate with your facts. Search through chapters of the text, the Internet, or the University Library for information about your chosen group. Of particular usefulness is the People section of the U.S. Census Bureau American Fact Finder Web site at

Cite your sources according to APA requirements.


I am an African American born in the United States, in New York State. Being only 19 years old, I don’t have an a first hand experience of how my community came to the united states and therefore most of the information about my community has been acquired through classroom reading and few accounts that have been given by my mother. Both of my parents are African Americans and they have an accurate account of how the community arrived in the country, although they may be the third or fourth generation of the African Americans.   Having gained interests about the diverse races that make up our country today, I have also taken extensive research to understand how different races arrived in the country. I have been particularly interested in understanding how African Americans crossed the continent to comprise more than about 12% of the United States population (Schefer, 2006).