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Interracial Relationships Increasing Acceptance in the United States Generations ago when racial issues separated society inner-race marriages were a taboo Interracial relationships were once frowned upon by others and thought of as a sin Those who were not interracially mixed believed that the couples that racially or culturally mixed were a disgrace What was formerly bizarre and forbidden is now common Over the years those barriers have broken down as our country becomes more diverse with foreign cultures Interracial relationships have become increasing acceptable Interracial romance has been a controversial subject in America since the time of slavery when slave owners had relations with young black female slaves Some white American slave-holders used to induce white women to marry Negro slaves in order to hold the women slaves for life Crudup 1 Maryland banned interracial marriage due to question whether the offspring of a black slave and a white person would be considered a free person or property Grapes 1 Once Maryland banned interracial marriages in 1664 anti-miscegenation laws spread throughout the entire South parts of the North Midwest and Western states as well Pennsylvania was the last state to outlaw interracial marriages in 1726 Trott 1 The word miscegenation defined in the Websters Dictionary reads the process or result of producing human offspring between and among members of most commonly different races or ethnicitys and less frequently of different religions734 Historically the term involves controversial assumptions about race and sexuality Miscegenation was first introduced to the United States in 1864 so called race-mixing between black and whites was illegal in much of the South and a taboo generally nationwide wikipediacom 1 It is believed that these laws were passed based from biblical influences However anti-miscegenation laws did not keep everyone from crossing the color line Before the Thirteenth Amendment was abolished in 1865 many white slave masters took advantage of black women with whom they fathered scores of children Grapes 1 The babies
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