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The fight for interracial marriage rights in Antebellum Massachusetts, Amber D. Moulton

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The fight for interracial marriage rights in Antebellum Massachusetts
Title
The fight for interracial marriage rights in Antebellum Massachusetts
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Amber D. Moulton
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Language
eng
Summary
Well known as an abolitionist stronghold before the Civil War, Massachusetts had taken steps to eliminate slavery as early as the 1780s. Nevertheless, a powerful racial caste system still held sway, reinforced by a law prohibiting "amalgamation"--Marriage between whites and blacks. The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights in Antebellum Massachusetts chronicles a grassroots movement to overturn the state's ban on interracial unions. Assembling information from court and church records, family histories, and popular literature, Amber D. Moulton recreates an unlikely collaboration of reformers who sought to rectify what, in the eyes of the state's antislavery constituency, appeared to be an indefensible injustice. Initially, activists argued that the ban provided a legal foundation for white supremacy in Massachusetts. But laws that enforced racial hierarchy remained popular even in Northern states, and the movement gained little traction. To attract broader support, the reformers recalibrated their arguments along moral lines, insisting that the prohibition on interracial unions weakened the basis of all marriage, by encouraging promiscuity, prostitution, and illegitimacy. Through trial and error, reform leaders shaped an appeal that ultimately drew in Garrisonian abolitionists, equal rights activists, antislavery evangelicals, moral reformers, and Yankee legislators, all working to legalize interracial marriage. This pre-Civil War effort to overturn Massachusetts' antimiscegenation law was not a political aberration but a crucial chapter in the deep history of the African American struggle for equal rights, on a continuum with the civil rights movement over a century later. --
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1980-
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Moulton, Amber D.
Dewey number
306.84/6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1031
LC item number
.M68 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Interracial marriage
  • Interracial marriage
  • Interracial marriage
  • Interracial marriage
  • Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts
  • Interracial marriage
  • Interracial marriage
  • Race relations
  • Massachusetts
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The fight for interracial marriage rights in Antebellum Massachusetts, Amber D. Moulton
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Amalgamation and the Massachusetts ban on interracial marriage -- Interracial marriage as an equal rights measure -- Moral reform and the protection of Northern motherhood -- Anti-Southern politics and interracial marriage rights -- Advancing interracialism
Control code
ocn891001590
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9780674967625
Lccn
2014035855
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024773840
Other physical details
(black and white) illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o891001590
  • (OCoLC)891001590
Label
The fight for interracial marriage rights in Antebellum Massachusetts, Amber D. Moulton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Amalgamation and the Massachusetts ban on interracial marriage -- Interracial marriage as an equal rights measure -- Moral reform and the protection of Northern motherhood -- Anti-Southern politics and interracial marriage rights -- Advancing interracialism
Control code
ocn891001590
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9780674967625
Lccn
2014035855
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40024773840
Other physical details
(black and white) illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o891001590
  • (OCoLC)891001590

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