Race sex and the freedom to marry loving v virginia landmark law cases american society peter wallenstein on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in 1958 mildred jeter and richard loving two young lovers from caroline county virginia got married soon they were hauled out of their bedroom in the middle of the night and taken to jail. In his race sex and the freedom to marry peter wallenstein traces regulation and prohibition of interracial sex and marriage from the colonial era in virginia and maryland to the landmark legal sea changes in the 1960s and beyond it brings the political and social contexts of the loving decision especially alive . In race sex and the freedom to marry peter wallenstein brings these characters and their legal travails to life and situates them within the wider context even at the center of american history. In this new book in the well respected and long running landmark law cases and american society series peter wallenstein provides a rich and detailed account of loving vvirginia 1967 and the path from freedom to marry across racial lines to the freedom to marry a person of the same sex mildred jeter and richard loving a mixed race couple living in rural virginia crossed the potomac . The loving case not only revolutionized the constitutional relationship between race and marriage but also set in motion and shaped the issue of law and marriage in the first quarter of the 21st century the work is a clearly written example of the law and society approach that is the hallmark of the landmark law cases and american society
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