With due regard for young Americans’ limited historical knowledge,
readers of this introductory text first receive an explanation of the Emancipation
Proclamation, which freed “the Africans who lived in the states that
had seceded from the country, but not those in states that were not part of
the confederacy” (p 1), and a display of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments
to the US Constitution. Minority Populations and Health deals with the health of African Americans, taking into account their
special history as former slaves, and equally, to the extent that data are
available, the other three major minority groupings in the United States:
Hispanic/Latino, Native American and Alaska Native, and Asian and Pacific
Islander. The text also provides a brief but pertinent history of today’s
minority presence in the United States, tracing the early white minority that
became the majority. Some readers may be surprised to learn that they will
no longer belong to the American majority in 50 years.
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