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Crimes of Love, Misdemeanors of Passion: The Regulation of Race and Sex in the Colonial South

THE DEVIL'S LANE: SEX AND RACE IN THE EARLY SOUTH, pp. 124-38, Catherine Clinton and Michele Gillespie, eds., Oxford University Press, 1997

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Paul Finkelman

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

In this article, Professor Finkelman discusses the stigmatization and criminalization of interracial sex and love in the southern colonies. Professor Finkelman focuses primarily on the Virginia colony as the first of the American colonies, but notes that the principles can be applied to most of the southern colonies. Unfortunately, the legacy and many of the laws criminalizing interracial sex and marriage continued from the colonial era well into the twentieth century.

Keywords: iterracial sex, interracial love, interracial marriage

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, Crimes of Love, Misdemeanors of Passion: The Regulation of Race and Sex in the Colonial South (1997). THE DEVIL'S LANE: SEX AND RACE IN THE EARLY SOUTH, pp. 124-38, Catherine Clinton and Michele Gillespie, eds., Oxford University Press, 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1487645

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