Print Send Add Share. Notes Abstract: My work is about the first two generations of Chinese and Japanese Americans who married whites in the U. West between and It was a time when interracial marriage was illegal in most of the states. From two major archival sources?
In the United States , anti-miscegenation laws also known as miscegenation laws were laws passed by most states that prohibited interracial marriage and interracial sexual relations. Some such laws predate the establishment of the United States, some dating to the later 17th or early 18th century, a century or more after the complete racialization of slavery. Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia that such laws were unconstitutional in the remaining 16 states. Typically defining mixed race marriages or sexual relations as a felony , these laws also prohibited the issue of marriage licenses and the solemnization of weddings between mixed race couples and prohibited the officiating of such ceremonies.
Before anti-miscegenation laws were ruled unconstitutional in , they were in effect in 38 states. Maryland passed the first anti-miscegenation law in aimed at preventing African Americans and Native Americans from marrying white women. It did not, of course, prohibit white men from exploiting non-white women.