A compelling . . . addition to an underdeveloped field of history. . . . Worthy of reading for those interested in the American history of interracial relationships.--Arkansas Review
Almighty God Created the Races: Christianity, Interracial Marriage, and American Lawby Fay Botham
In this fascinating cultural history of interracial marriage and its legal regulation in the United States, Fay Botham argues that religion--specifically, Protestant and Catholic beliefs about marriage and race--had a significant effect on legal decisions concerning miscegenation and marriage in the century following the Civil War. She contends that the white southern Protestant notion that God "dispersed" the races and the American Catholic emphasis on human unity and common origins point to ways that religion influenced the course of litigation and illuminate the religious bases for Christian racist and antiracist movements.
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and salient contribution to our understanding of antimiscegenation law. Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, Almighty God Created the Races will be of interest to scholars in a variety of fields.--Tracy Fessenden, author of Culture and Redemption: Religion, the Secular, and American Literature
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Fay Botham is visiting assistant professor of religious studies and American studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is coeditor of Race, Religion, Region: Landscapes of Encounter in the American West.
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