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Marriage across Racial Lines in Indiana

Thomas P. Monahan
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 35, No. 4 (Nov., 1973), pp. 632-640
DOI: 10.2307/350876
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/350876
Page Count: 9
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Marriage across Racial Lines in Indiana
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Abstract

Utilizing data tapes on marriages in Indiana for the period 1962-1967, all types of interracial marriages were selected for detailed and controlled analysis, in comparison to each other and to a sample of endogamous marriages of whites, Negroes, and Other Races. Negro marriages to whites occurred even prior to the repeal in 1965 of Indiana's stringent law against them, but since then there has been a definite rise in their proportion. An examination of the characteristics of the interracial marriages (age at first marriage, age difference, birthplace, nonresidence, geographical area, previous marital status, type of ceremony, and occupational level) disclosed a considerable variation for each group, and no single patterning for the whole. In view of the importance of the subject, there is need for more extensive information than we now have.

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