This lesson outline explores both the emergence of, and reaction to, racist and anti-miscegenation laws during the Progressive Era. Readings from Race and Membership in American History are used in conjunction with several new videos available from Facing History's Lending Library.
This lesson fits well with the readings in Chapter 4, In an Age of Progress, in Race and Membership in American History. Together, they develop a rich context for understanding the varied currents of the Progressive Era. During this period, we see a renewed energy around the creation of anti-miscegenation legislation. Several states rewrite their laws and others create new statutes. In the resource book, you will find some materials on the Virginia Law revised in 1924. Part of this lesson outline includes statutes written and proposed in 1913.
It is important to note that the influence of Jim Crow laws on the development of marriage as a public institution and the relationship to public health and wealth.