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The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights in Antebellum Massachusetts by Amber D. Moulton (review)

The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights in Antebellum Massachusetts by Amber D. Moulton (review) REVIEWS modest goal, it remains true that they reached it. For this book does provide readers "with a deeper and richer understanding of the meaning of political abolitionism in a particular place and time"--if they are willing to do a fair amount of the heavy intellectual lifting themselves (8). M a t t h e w M a s o n is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University. He is the author of various books and articles on slavery and politics, including Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett (Chapel Hill, NC, 2016). The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights in Antebellum Massachusetts. By Amber D. Moulton. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. Pp. 288. Cloth, $45.00.) Reviewed by Terri L. Snyder In this sharply focused study, Amber D. Moulton examines the battle to overturn the Massachusetts statute banning interracial marriage, originally enacted in 1705 and repealed in 1843, and offers a penetrating analysis of early arguments over the right to marry. Each chapter critically foregrounds existing studies of miscegenation law, and the epilogue usefully links the legal histories of interracial and same-sex marriage.1 Long before Loving v. Virginia (1967) or Obergefell v. Hodges http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights in Antebellum Massachusetts by Amber D. Moulton (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 37 (1) – Feb 23, 2017

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REVIEWS modest goal, it remains true that they reached it. For this book does provide readers "with a deeper and richer understanding of the meaning of political abolitionism in a particular place and time"--if they are willing to do a fair amount of the heavy intellectual lifting themselves (8). M a t t h e w M a s o n is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University. He is the author of various books and articles on slavery and politics, including Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett (Chapel Hill, NC, 2016). The Fight for Interracial Marriage Rights in Antebellum Massachusetts. By Amber D. Moulton. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. Pp. 288. Cloth, $45.00.) Reviewed by Terri L. Snyder In this sharply focused study, Amber D. Moulton examines the battle to overturn the Massachusetts statute banning interracial marriage, originally enacted in 1705 and repealed in 1843, and offers a penetrating analysis of early arguments over the right to marry. Each chapter critically foregrounds existing studies of miscegenation law, and the epilogue usefully links the legal histories of interracial and same-sex marriage.1 Long before Loving v. Virginia (1967) or Obergefell v. Hodges

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Feb 23, 2017

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