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Re: naming - scholarly work on naming Huguenot practices
Posted by: LKeels (ID *****7941) Date: July 20, 2010 at 15:43:34
In Reply to: Re: naming - scholarly work on naming Huguenot practices by djarrett of 28065

Below is an excerpt from an article which might well be more credible than hearsay from another genealogy hobbyist.

http://www.oah.org/pubs/magazine/family/cruz-berson.html

On Teaching
The American Melting Pot?
Miscegenation Laws in the United States
Bárbara C. Cruz and Michael J. Berson

People of mixed heritage have been citizens of the United States since the country’s inception. Indeed, one scholar has insisted that “American History would be unrecognizable without ethnic intermarriage” (1). But while Americans proudly describe their nation as a “melting pot,” history shows that social convention and legal statutes have been less than tolerant of miscegenation, or “race mixing.” For students and teachers of history, the topic can provide useful context for a myriad of historical and contemporary issues.

Laws prohibiting miscegenation in the United States date back as early as 1661 and were common in many states until 1967. That year, the Supreme Court ruled on the issue in Loving v. Virginia, concluding that Virginia’s miscegenation laws were unconstitutional. In this article, we look at the history of miscegenation in the United States, some motivations for anti-miscegenation policy, the landmark decision of Loving v. Virginia, and some applications of the topic for the social studies classroom.



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