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Virginia Hasn't Always Been for Lovers: Interracial Marriage Bans and the Case of Richard and Mildred Loving
by Phyl Newbeck
Southern Illinois University Press, 2004
Cloth: 978-0-8093-2528-3 | Paper: 978-0-8093-2857-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-8734-2
Library of Congress Classification KFV2495.5.N49 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 346.755016

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This landmark volume chronicles the history of laws banning interracial marriage in the United States with particular emphasis on the case of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and a black woman who were convicted by the state of Virginia of the crime of marrying across racial lines in the late 1950s. The Lovings were not activists, but their battle to live together as husband and wife in their home state instigated the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that antimiscegenation laws were unconstitutional, which ultimately resulted in the overturning of laws against interracial marriage that were still in effect in sixteen states by the late 1960s.





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