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Author Pascoe, Peggy.

Title What comes naturally : miscegenation law and the making of race in America / Peggy Pascoe.

Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010, ©2009.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  346.7301 P281W    Check Shelf
Description 404 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-389) and index.
Contents Maps -- Introduction -- pt. I. Miscegenation law and constitutional equality, 1863-1900 -- 1. Engendering miscegenation -- 2. Sexualizing miscegenation law -- pt. 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 -- pt. 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 -- pt. IV. The politics of colorblindness, 1967-2000 -- 9. Lionizing Loving -- Conclusion : the ghost of the past -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- Index.
Awards Winner of the Ellis W. Hawley Prize of the Organization of American Historians (2009); Winner of the Lawrence W. Levine Award of the Organization of American Historians (2009); Winner of the William H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association; Winner of the James Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association; Winner of the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize of the American Historical Association.
Summary " ... Examines two of the most insidious ideas in American history. The first is the belief that interracial marriage is unnatural. The second is the belief in white supremacy. When these two ideas converged, with the invention of the term 'miscegenation' in the 1860s, the stage was set for the rise of a social, political, and legal system of white supremacy that reigned through the 1960s and, many would say, beyond"--Introduction, page [1].
Subject Racially mixed people -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States -- History.
Miscegenation -- United States -- History.
Interracial marriage -- United States -- History.
ISBN 0199772355 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780199772353 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
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