Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
My research focuses on the development of a civil rights ideology regarding the issue of interracial marriage. I concentrate on the legal processes that occurred as a result of intellectually and politically elite post-World War II Americans coming to conceive of interracial marriage as a constitutional right under the Fourteenth Amendment. The chapters focus specifically on the history of laws prohibiting interracial marriage before World War II, the effect that the war had on Americans‰Ûª ideas about interracial couples, and the major court cases that led to the legal changes that made the right to engage in marriage regardless of race a constitutionally protected right.
Spradlin, Rebecca, "The Freedom to Marry: The Development of a Civil Rights Ideology, 1945 - 1967" (2013). Honors Theses. 88.