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Visit VirginiaHistory.org/Lovings_Wallenstein to hear author Peter Wallenstein speak about Mildred and Peter Loving.

Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry tells the story of this Mildred and Richard Loving and the Supreme Court case that forever changed the law of race and marriage in America.

In 1958, Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, two young lovers from Caroline County, Virginia, were married. Soon they were hauled out of their bedroom in the middle of the night and taken to jail. Their crime? Loving was white, Jeter was not, and in Virginia—as in twenty-three other states at the time—interracial marriage was illegal. Their experience reflected that of countless couples across America since colonial times. And in challenging the laws against their marriage, the Lovings closed the book on that very long chapter in the nation's history.


The story of the Lovings and the case they took to the Supreme Court involved a community, an extended family, and in particular five main characters—the couple, two young attorneys, and a crusty local judge who twice presided over their case—as well as such key dimensions of political and cultural life as race, gender, religion, law, identity, and family. In Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry, Peter Wallenstein brings these characters and their legal travails to life, and situates them within the wider context—even at the center—of American history. Along the way, he untangles the arbitrary distinctions that long sorted out Americans by racial identity—distinctions that changed over time, varied across space, and could extend the reach of criminal law into the most remote community. In light of the related legal arguments and historical development, moreover, Wallenstein compares interracial and same-sex marriage.

296 pages
Paperback
ISBN 978-0700620005
University Press of Kansas, 2014.

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