Who Are Americans? Interactive Exercises

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An Increasingly Diverse Nation

Since the Founding, the American people have become increasingly diverse. This diversity and the changes in the population have frequently raised challenging questions in American politics.

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What was the population of the United States in 1900?
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What percentage of the U.S. population in 1900 was white?
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What percentage of the U.S. population in 1900 was black?
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What was the population of the United States in 2010?
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What percentage of the U.S. population in 2010 was white?
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What percentage of the U.S. population in 2010 was black?
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What percentage of the U.S. population in 2010 was Hispanic?
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2a.
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In which region of the United States did the greatest percentage of people live in 1900?
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In which region of the United States did the greatest percentage of people live in 2010?
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Compare the geographic distribution of the population in 1900 and 2010. Which region of the country experienced the greatest change in the percentage of the U.S. population between 1900 and 2010?
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The 2010 census showed that the populations of the South and the West continued to grow more rapidly than the Northeast and Midwest. What are some of the political implications of this trend?
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Today, Americans over age 37 outnumber Americans under 37—and older adults are more likely to participate in the political process. What do you think this means for the kinds of issues and policies taken up by the government?
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The U.S. Census tracks population information for the country. Go to http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html and select your state on the map or from the drop-down menu on the left. You will be taken to the Census QuickFacts page for your state. Now select your county from the drop-down menu at the top left.

How do the population demographics of your county compare to those of the United States, as outlined in the textbook? For example, is your county more or less racially diverse than the country as a whole? Does the United States have a greater percentage of adults over the age of 65, or is a greater percentage found in your county? What other statistics about your county do you think are notable?
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How do you think the population makeup of your county affects politics? In your county are certain issues more important than others? Are these connected to the makeup of the population in your county?

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