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Establishing Black Identity versus European and Asian

The statement that "the specific sense of Black identity began to form gradually" implies there was no Black identity during the era of slavery. Explain. Might consider the continuing role of Black religious expression and churches in the forming of identity. Consider the experience of European and Asian immigrants and industrialization/urbanization in America. What was the same, what was different from the Black experience? Why?

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The main difference between the era of slavery and the era of Asian and European immigration is that slavery was forced and the people who were brought over from Africa were forced to come to the U.S. and were forced to work, many times being separated from their families. People coming from Asia and Europe were able to stay with their families, ...