She said after World War II, a number of factors kept people of different religions and different ethnicities from getting to know each other and intermarrying. However, she said, young people — particularly young adults — began to intermingle socially and those with a higher education had the opportunity for mobility, allowing them to meet people who were different from themselves. But studies from the s perpetuated attitudes that couples who married outside of their own faiths would experience a higher rate of break-ups and unhappiness than those who married within their own faiths. In addition, gender roles — requiring women to be feminine wives who were submissive to their husbands and husbands to be masculine leaders — were also considered predictors of marital happiness.
A brief history of interracial marriage
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July 25, Americans' attitudes toward black-white relationships have started to thaw over the years. But it's been a long, slow road. As recently as , the National Opinion Research Center found that 66 percent of white Americans polled opposed a close relative marrying a black man.
Law Professor Looks at Attitudes Towards Mixed Marriages in the 1950s and 1960s
This case, along with the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, was one of the pivotal events building up to the Civil Rights movements of the s. In better understanding the context in which Mildred and Richard Loving went to court we may better understand the world civil rights leaders were coming from, yet on a much more personal and intimate level. In the s, the vast majority of whites condemned interracial marriage and went to great lengths to make it undesirable, unwise, difficult and illegal. Blacks on the other hand had more complex and varying views on it. Yet across the racial divide, two trends existed in s interracial marriage politics: first, men and women were treated differently when it came to interracial marriage; secondly, there was stronger top-down suppression, contributing to the counterculture and resistance of earlier generations that erupted in the 60s.
Interracial marriage is a form of marriage involving spouses who belong to different races or racialized ethnicities. In the past, such marriages were outlawed in the United States , Nazi Germany and apartheid-era South Africa as miscegenation. In interracial marriage was forbidden by law in 31 USA states.