The Race-Conflict Approach in Sociology


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Much of the racial conflict in the U.S. is attributed to the use of slaves. American slaves were freed through:

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1. Even after slaves in the U.S. were freed, certain laws and regulations enforced segregation and oppression. These were known as:

2. This sociological perspective looks at disparity and tension between people of different racial and ethnic groups:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of how sociologists approach race relations and further your understanding of the history of racial conflict in America. The quiz will ask you questions about the perspective of sociology that looks at disparity and tension between different racial groups and the laws that enforced segregation and oppression after slavery ended.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • The term used for the belief that white Americans have certain rights and benefits over others
  • Name of the series of social efforts for ending racial segregation and discrimination
  • The way that slaves were freed

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to use the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about racial conflicts in America in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information regarding the sociological perspective that studies tension between different racial and ethnic groups
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding American laws that enforced segregation after slaves were freed
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about historical social efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination

Additional Learning

Learn more about how sociologists approach race relations by reviewing the accompanying lesson, The Race-Conflict Approach in Sociology. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Apply this approach to the death of Michael Brown and the events in Ferguson, Missouri
  • Review findings of studies that reflect certain advantages of white Americans
  • Walk through key events in American history that helped shape race relations