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Interracial Marriages: Historical and Contemporary Trends

  • Chalandra M. BryantEmail author
  • Jeneé C. Duncan
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Abstract

Following the striking down of anti-miscegenation laws in 1967, interracial marriage has become more prevalent. This chapter begins with the story of Mildred and Richard Loving of Virginia. Their story is a pivotal component of American history. History is addressed because it provides the sociopolitical context in which interracial relationships are embedded. Thus, in this chapter the history of, and attitudes regarding, interracial marriages is discussed, in addition to current trends. A few key Supreme Court cases are highlighted. Although the focus is primarily on the United States, interracial unions in Britain and Canada are also addressed in an effort to compare the United States to other areas. In doing so, race relations are underscored. Relationship quality and stability of interracial couples in comparison to same-race couples are also explored. Theory helps guide the manner in which we frame and even understand interracial unions. Understanding theory is just as critical as understanding historical background. The chapter ends with a discussion of future research and practice.

Keywords

Interracial relationships Interracial marriage Discrimination Pocahontas exception Vulnerability-stress-adaptation model Interdependence theory Mildred and Richard Loving Racial Integrity Act Cohabitation Bioecological model Same-race couples 

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  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family ScienceUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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