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Citizenship Rights through Marriage Rites: African Americans’ Debates Over Interracial Marriage

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Efforts to ban interracial marriage in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been well-studied. Although some white Americans did not oppose interracial marriage, raising the specter of “lustful” black men coveting white women became a primary means of resisting marriage equality and maintaining racial order. Statutes banning interracial marriage attest to the white majority’s opposition, as do the hundreds of lynched African Americans falsely accused of raping white women. African Americans’ views on interracial marriage, however, have been largely overlooked. While many African Americans personally opposed such marriages, they publically defended and fought for the legal right to such unions. Thus, through their public positions, black Americans’ fight for marriage equality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries became a primary means to insist upon their citizenship rights. Throughout their fights against interracial marriage bans, however, African Americans continuously engaged in a dynamic internal debate over interracial marriage that helped to forge a collective identity as they offered, and argued over, competing solutions for racial advancement.
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Name: 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
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Blissit, Jessica. "Citizenship Rights through Marriage Rites: African Americans’ Debates Over Interracial Marriage" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, OH, <Not Available>. 2018-06-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1298485_index.html>

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Blissit, J. "Citizenship Rights through Marriage Rites: African Americans’ Debates Over Interracial Marriage" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, OH <Not Available>. 2018-06-18 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1298485_index.html

Publication Type: Abstract
Abstract: Efforts to ban interracial marriage in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been well-studied. Although some white Americans did not oppose interracial marriage, raising the specter of “lustful” black men coveting white women became a primary means of resisting marriage equality and maintaining racial order. Statutes banning interracial marriage attest to the white majority’s opposition, as do the hundreds of lynched African Americans falsely accused of raping white women. African Americans’ views on interracial marriage, however, have been largely overlooked. While many African Americans personally opposed such marriages, they publically defended and fought for the legal right to such unions. Thus, through their public positions, black Americans’ fight for marriage equality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries became a primary means to insist upon their citizenship rights. Throughout their fights against interracial marriage bans, however, African Americans continuously engaged in a dynamic internal debate over interracial marriage that helped to forge a collective identity as they offered, and argued over, competing solutions for racial advancement.


 
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