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Global Dimensions of Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Religion in America

Mid-Term Exam Essay Assignment


We started this semester watching a film titled “The Neo-African American.” It addressed the subject of black diversity in 21st century America. In the following weeks we have learned more about the breadth and depth of this diversity from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

Your assignment is to write a 3-4 page essay addressing the following:

  1. Summarize and explain the global processes leading to diversity in black America. (see syllabus – course description)
  2. Summarize/discuss the 1960s changes in U.S. immigration laws. How have these changes affected the current diversity in black America? Can you identify positive and/or negative outcomes of these changes?
  3. What are the current trends, diversity, and origins of black immigrants in the U.S.?
  4. Identify and discuss cultural commonalities and differences of black Americans – native-born and immigrants.
  5. In your essay’s concluding paragraph provide at least one way of bridging the diverse cultures of black America. What can be done to create understanding between people?

Your essay should meet the following criteria:

  • Write an essay that is 3-4 pages in length
  • Page format
    • Double space
    • 12 pt. font
    • One inch margins
    • Times New Roman font type
  • Do not provide a cover page; your name and assignment title is sufficient
  • Remember to carefully proofread your work!

When writing your essay, do not just assert something is true or occurred for this reason or that, prove it. To do this, include in your essay specific examples/”evidence” from the readings/film to support your assertions. You must provide quotation marks where appropriate; that is, when you are using the exact words of the document author. Not doing so is plagiarism and plagiarism is not tolerated at STLCC. You have to include formal citations for this assignment. In many cases, the difference between an A and a B as a grade is due to the effective use of supporting evidence.

You should use conventions of writingi as outlined in the endnote below. If you need help with these or other writing skills, visit the Writing Lab.

iWriting conventions include spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar and paragraphing. The writer should use conventions to enhance the readability of the paper. Spelling should be correct on all words. Punctuation should be smooth and guide the reader through the paper. Capitalization should be used correctly. Paragraphing should reinforce organization.