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All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes
Posted June 12, 2009 to photo album "All in the Family: A family slide show album from Away We Go to anything goes"
Slide 18: The Rules of the Game
But at the end of the 19th century, the state began to strictly regulate who could be marriage and who could not. Writing in the New York Times, Coontz, a professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., observes: “By the 1920s, 38 states prohibited whites from marrying blacks, mulattos, Japanese, Chinese, Indians, Mongolians, Malays or Filipinos. Twelve states would not issue a marriage license if one partner was a drunk, an addict or a mental defect. Eighteen states set barriers to remarriage after divorce. In the mid-20th century, governments began to get out of the business of deciding which couples were fit to marry. Courts invalidated laws against interracial marriage, struck down other barriers and even extended marriage rights to prisoners.”