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Almighty God created the races : Christianity, interracial marriage, & American law

Botham, Fay, 1968-
Almighty God created the races : Christianity, interracial marriage, & American law / Fay Botham.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
xiii, 271 p. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-261) and index.
  • Catholic California : the historic junction of religion, region, and law in Perez v. Lippold (1948)
  • The historical origins of American laws on interracial sex and marriage : the role of religion and region
  • Church authority or states' rights? : Protestant and Catholic theologies of marriage
  • Noah's sons and common origins in Adam and Eve : Protestant and Catholic theologies of race
  • States' rights and the southern white Protestant theology of race in antimiscegenation law and cases, 1867-1964
  • The southern lingua franca of race : Judge Leon M. Bazile and white Catholics
  • Epilogue : a postmodernist's reflections on history and knowledge.
Botham argues that divergent Catholic and Protestant theologies of marriage and race, reinforced by regional differences between the West and the South, shaped the two pivotal cases that frame this volume, the 1948 California Supreme Court case of Perez v. Lippold (which successfully challenged California's antimiscegenation statutes on the grounds of religious freedom) and the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia (which declared legal bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional). Botham contends that the white southern Protestant notion that God "dispersed" the races, as opposed to the American Catholic emphasis on human unity and common origins, points to ways that religion influenced the course of litigation and illuminates the religious bases for Christian racist and antiracist movements. --from publisher description
Subject headings
Interracial marriage--Law and legislation--United States--History. Religion and law--United States--History. Interracial marriage--Religious aspects--History. Interracial marriage--United States--History.
9780807833186 (cloth : alk. paper) 0807833185 (cloth : alk. paper)


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