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September 14, 2005

Health Disparities

JAMA. 2005;294(10):1280-1281. doi:10.1001/jama.294.10.1280

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.