November 1: Marriage Across the Color Line
- Compare Race Mixing to other historical works we have read
in this course. Which histories does Romano's book most resemble with
regard to sources, method and theme? What seems new or distinctive about
- What has love got to do with it? What does Romano argue about the
relationship between changing beliefs about the place of love in marriage
and changing ideas about race and marriage across the color line? What
do you think of her argument?
- Analogies between taboos against same-sex relationships and taboos
against sex and marriage across the color line are common in the current
debates over gay marriage. Taking into account what you've learned from
Romano, what do you think of such comparisons? In what ways do they
seem appropriate, and in what ways misleading?