The history of interracial dating in america
In the United States it was just 43 years ago when interracial marriage was made fully legal in all 50 states.
Today, in many countries, interracial marriage is commonplace and most don’t even give it a second thought.
At a time when one drop of African blood made one a slave or second-class citizen, a drop of Pocahontas’s blood was viewed as a source of high breeding, even aristocracy. Tilton has shown, America’s upper classes bragged of their descent from Pocahontas, and Confederates celebrated her as a progenitor of the South.She would have spoken up and insisted on a real dialogue, and not just when oil is at stake.Attitudes towards Interracial marriage have changed dramatically, in just the last generation.Once open to interracial unions, the Virginia Colony passed laws in 1691 banishing interracial married couples, defined as a union between whites and “Negro, mulatto, or Indian man or woman.” Other colonial legislatures put similar language on the books, giving legal reality to racial fears.
At the same time authorities were clamping down, the myth of Pocahontas’s marriage only grew.
Indeed, it was precisely such fights over land and resources that motivated her marriage, and that she dedicated herself to resolving during her lifetime.