Sociology Index


Miscegenation is sex between individuals of differing racial groups. The interbreeding of Whites and non-Whites. A mulatto is an individual with mixed black and white heritage. Miscegenation is mixing of people considered to be of different racial types. Miscegenation is mixing of genes. Miscegenated means produced by miscegenation.

The Supreme Court of the United States struck down miscegenation laws in the year 1967. In the United States, the state laws prohibited the marriage of whites and blacks, and many state laws prohibited the intermarriage of whites with Native Americans or Asians. In the U.S., such laws were known as anti-miscegenation laws.

The American Melting Pot? Miscegenation Laws in the United States.
Cruz, Barbara C.; Berson, Michael J. OAH Magazine of History, v15 n4 p80-84 Sum 2001
Abstract: Explores miscegenation in U.S. history, some motivations for anti-miscegenation policy, and the landmark decision of the 1967 case of "Loving v. Virginia." Includes three recent examples of miscegenation policy in the United States with questions for class discussion.

A Quantitative History of Anti-Miscegenation Legislation in the United States, 1880-1940
Washington, Scott Leon - Presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association
Putting to work an independently compiled dataset containing over 30 decades and 300 years of anti-miscegenation activity in the United States, the current paper provides an analysis of the spread and intensification of anti-miscegenation statutes. It takes a detailed look at the overall levels of anti-miscegenation activity that prevailed during the 1880-1940 period. The paper furnishes a series of contagion models predicting the anti-miscegenation profiles of individual states as a function of the anti-miscegenation profiles of adjacent states.

Between Hoax and Hope: Miscegenation and Nineteenth-Century Interracial Romance
By Katharine Nicholson Ings, Manchester College
The hoax Miscegenation pamphlet of 1863 as a lens. Miscegenation coined the titular term, newly situating interracial relationships within a Latinate, pseudo-scientific framework. I read the Miscegenation pamphlet as a kind of scientific romance fiction itself.

Slavery's Shadow Families: Rethinking Miscegenation Regulation - Davis, Adrienne
Miscegenation regulation appears to be the sexual manifestation of social apartheid, and law worked to secure sexual racial apartheid. Neither an understanding of miscegenation rules as sexual racial apartheid nor as sexual libertarianism predicts or accounts for law’s management of interracial intimacy.