A brief description on the film Loving and its subjects, including connections to Virginia.
Black Women in Virginia
Using first-person narratives collected through oral history interviews, this groundbreaking book collects black women's memories of their public and private lives during the period of legal segregation in the American South.
This landmark volume chronicles the history of laws banning interracial marriage in the United States with particular emphasis on the case of Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and a black woman who were convicted by the state of Virginia for the crime of marrying across racial lines in the late 1950s.
Mildred Loving's Letter to RFK
I am writing to you concerning a problem we have.
5 years ago my husband and I were married here in the District. We then returned to VA to live. My husband is white, I am part negro+part Indian. At the time we did not know there was a law in VA against mixed marriages. Therefore we were jailed and tried in a little town of Bowling Green...
In this fascinating cultural history of interracial marriage and its legal regulation in the United States, Fay Botham argues that religion--specifically, Protestant and Catholic beliefs about marriage and race--had a significant effect on legal decisions concerning miscegenation and marriage in the century following the Civil War.
Gilliam focuses on the early-twentieth century movement toward eugenics, improving the human race through selective breeding, most especially the sterilization of persons with so-called genetic defects and an effort to eliminate miscegenation. It was the effort to stop racial amalgamation by Dr. Walter Ashby Plecker, director of the Virginia Bureau of Vital Statistics, that led to the 1924 Virginia Racial Integrity Act.
Romano has written a thorough and fascinating study of the US's legendary obsession with interracial marriage and sex. In 1940, 31 states had laws banning interracial marriage. Not until 1967, in the case of Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, did the Supreme Court invalidate the laws against interracial marriage that still remained in 16 states.
White Men in Virginia
Examines modern white masculinity, including such stereotypes as the good old boy, the redneck, and the southern gentleman, to explore the ways in which white southern manhood has been experienced and represented since World War II.