What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America

What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America

by Peggy Pascoe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199772355

ISBN-13: 9780199772353

Pub. Date: 11/01/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press

A long-awaited history that promises to dramatically change our understanding of race in America, What Comes Naturally traces the origins, spread, and demise of miscegenation laws in the United States—laws that banned interracial marriage and sex, most often between whites and members of other races. Peggy Pascoe demonstrates how these laws were enacted and

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A long-awaited history that promises to dramatically change our understanding of race in America, What Comes Naturally traces the origins, spread, and demise of miscegenation laws in the United States—laws that banned interracial marriage and sex, most often between whites and members of other races. Peggy Pascoe demonstrates how these laws were enacted and applied not just in the South but throughout most of the country, in the West, the North, and the Midwest. Beginning in the Reconstruction era, when the term miscegenation first was coined, she traces the creation of a racial hierarchy that bolstered white supremacy and banned the marriage of Whites to Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, and American Indians as well as the marriage of Whites to Blacks. She ends not simply with the landmark 1967 case of Loving v. Virginia, in which the Supreme Court finally struck down miscegenation laws throughout the country, but looks at the implications of ideas of colorblindness that replaced them. What Comes Naturally is both accessible to the general reader and informative to the specialist, a rare feat for an original work of history based on archival research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199772353
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Maps
Introduction

Part I: Miscegenation Law and Constitutional Equality, 1863-1900
1. Engendering Miscegenation
2. Sexualizing Miscegenation Law

Part II. Miscegenation Law and Race Classification, 1860-1948
3. Configuring Race in the American West
4. The Facts of Race in the Courtroom
5. Seeing Like a Racial State

Part III. Miscegenation Law and Its Opponents, 1913-1967
6. Between and Rock and a Hard Place
7. Interraccial Marriage as a Natural Right
8. Interracial Marriage as a Civil Right

Part IV. The Politics of Colorblindness 1967-2000
9. Lionizing Loving

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Notes
Index
Introduction
Part I: Miscegenation Law and Constitutional Equality, 1863-1883
1. Engendering Miscegenation
2. Sexualizing Miscegenation Law
Part II: Miscegenation Law and Race Classification, 1860-1948
3. Configuring Race in the American West
4. The Facts of Race in the Courtroom
5. Seeing Like a Racial State
Part III: Miscegenation Law and Its Opponents, 1913-1967
6. Between a Rock and a Hard Place
7. Interracial Marriage as a Natural Right
8. Interracial Marriage as a Civil Right
Part IV: Miscegenation Law, Civil Rights, and Colorblindness, 1964-2000
9. Lionizing Loving
Conclusion: The Ghost of the Past

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