Caucasians and the United States
ETH 125
September 25, 2011

Caucasians and the United States
      As a Caucasian of European descent, my ancestors arrived in America in the 17th Century from Germany. John and Martin Booher were brothers. They were doctors who came to America and followed the Appalachian Mountains before settling in what is now known as Clinton county Kentucky, or more specifically Albany Kentucky. Most Caucasians arrived in America on ships from England, Deutschland, and Germany. Most Caucasians arrived in America in an attempt to colonize America. The first colony attempt was in 1584, by Sir Walter Raleigh. He established a colony in Roanoke Virginia. Sometime before 1590 the colony disappeared. It became known as the lost colony. In 1606 several private English companies tried to form colonies in America. The colony was established with 105 people. However, by the end of the first year the population had dwindled to only 32. Profit was a driving force behind the early colonization of America. Men traditionally were the stronger sex. They brought the chauvinistic life style to America when they came. Men did the labor, and were the bread winners. Women were expected to maintain the home. These same traditions continued throughout history in America. Women did not earn the right to vote until 1920, or nearly 400 years after the first colonies were formed. Likewise the labor markets locked women out.

        In 1619 Dutch ship arrived in Jamestown America with 20 black slaves. They were viewed as property. The early Caucasian settlers saw the slaves as cheap/free labor to help them turn profits. According to Yahoo Answers, at it wasn’t until the 15th Amendment was passed in 1870 that black men received the right to vote. However poll taxes and literacy test prohibited most blacks from qualifying to vote. It wasn’t until 1960 that the 23rd Amendment abolished poll taxes and...