I liked Fredrickson’s discussion on one-way assimilation. This concept covers the idea that in order for people to be accepted into American society, they had to fit in as well as any White American. This applied to behaviour, clothing, religion, and many other areas of life and lifestyle. During the western movement, people sent children from India to American boarding schools so they could best learn how to fit in with American society. Additionally, slaves were made to blend in with society after they had been freed from slavery. Fredrick comments that many Blacks and Indians resisted giving up their own cultural identities and so started movements like Black Power.
Overall, Fredrick’s essay was interesting from start to finish. He competently outlines American history in terms of racial interaction, and informs the reader of various concepts associated with it. The points I have outlined are just a few of many good ones.