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The Concept of Whiteness Was It Selfish Racism Part One The Concept of Whiteness Was It Selfish Racism When one examines the past events that have shaped the United States of America into what it is today he can determine that the English settlers who migrated to this New World slowly pushed further west into the new lands as their need for land wealth and natural resources became a necessity After America had defeated the British in 1776 and declared their independence they began to realize that they were powerful enough to rule the continent They also had a strong belief in their concept of Manifest Destiny However as they expanded their nation further west they would soon face problems that could only be solved through war and these wars would not only be fought against foreign nations but within their own Republic When I look at the struggles that occurred among Americans African slaves Mexicans and Indians we begin to see a pattern developing in the history of the United States Why did Americans fight so diligently and use their power to gain lands further and further west until they were satisfied I believe that the American Republic between 1787 and 1865 was developing so fast economically that they had an increased need for manpower through African slaves and unknowingly created a power structure of race which would soon be even more evident as they moved their territory further west while driving Indians and Mexicans out of their own lands However if one closely examines how the Americans developed the nation he can see that the government slave owners and those settling to the west of the Appalachian Mountains developed a concept that to be white meant power and that meant that they could take over the Indians land drive the Mexicans from their own territory and enslave Africans to keep their economy thriving To understand how the Americans developed any form of racialization
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