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Interracial Marriages Between Black Women and White Men By Cheryl Judice ...

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Interracial Marriages Between Black Women and White Men

Introduction

In the United States, few marriage combinations have fascinated the American public in general and social science researchers in particular as black-white interracially married couples. Against the backdrop of U.S. history and the social landscape of the past three centuries which predominantly prohibited black-white interracial marriage, in the twenty-first century, this marriage pattern is becoming more commonplace. This book examines the dynamics of race, social class, and marriage in contemporary American society, specifically with respect to marriages between African Americans and whites. This study grew from my discovery that most existing social science research on interracial marriages ignores the experiences of black women married to white men. Most of the research focuses instead exclusively on black men who marry white women (Root 2001; Dalmadge 2000; McNamara, Tempenis, and Walton 1999; Hodes 1998; Mumford 1997; Rosenblatt, Karis, and Powell 1995).