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The American Experience and Ethnic Groups

The idea of the noble savage would give way to the view that the savage was simply inferior. This attitude would be brought to bear in antislavery campaigns as some Europeans fought against the institution, and ennobling the victims was one way of showing how pernicious the institution itself might be. As a consequence, two opposing conceptions developed in Europe:

Henceforward, Europeans would be increasingly divided into two opposed views: one, the traditional, tending to hold that Africa had never possessed cultures that were worthy of respect or even of serious investigation; the other, the scientific, tending to argue the reverse (Davidson 100).

American society developed its own racist attitudes in response to the black population freed after the Civil War. The position of blacks in America today remains an issue that is much argued. After almost four decades of the Civil Rights movement, the degree of change in the black community, while real and noticeable, also remains inadequate. Blacks have achieved positions of power, are less subject to institutional racism than in the past, and have redress in the courts and even in the court of public opinion that was once denied them. Yet, the black community remains dis


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