- Sep 3, 2014
- Center Valley, PA
Even Cornell & Hartmann can make mistakes with their examples. There is no such a thing as a single "Sioux" people, other than in the minds of early 1800s mostly French Canadian fur traders who gave them that name, a corruption of the French word for 'snake'. Even Lewis & Clark recognized them as independent tribes per their memoirs.By 1860 many if not most slaves had converted. It was their freedom in the present.
Being Christian and Western European did not stop differences in Western Europe from starting European wars.
What about native Americans, Mexicans, Spaniards , creoles, Asians, Eastern Europeans and Russians, were they Western European ?
Definition of Ethnicity
Ethnicity denotes groups, such as Irish, Fijian, or Sioux, etc. that share a common identity-based ancestry, language, or culture. It is often based on religion, beliefs, and customs as well as memories of migration or colonization (Cornell & Hartmann, 2007).
Did germans share the same ancestry, language, religion , and culture of the Irish ? Or English ? Swedes and French ? Russian and Jew ? Did they all migrate for the same reasons ?
It is co-operation in spite of this diversity and difference that makes us the “Great Melting Pot” of the world.