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Larry R. Peterson, professor of history at NDSU presented the Brown Bag Seminar Wednesday on the topic of "Love and Law: Interracial Relationships in U.S. History."  Peterson focused on the anti-miscegenation laws that prohibited interracial marriages throughout the history of our nation.
According to his presentation, during the 20th century, only the United States, Nazi Germany and South Africa had such laws. "This is not a good list for our country to be on" Peterson said.

People of all races were given restrictions on whom they could and could not marry. Caucasians were not allowed to marry anyone from an "inferior" group, the Cherokee were not allowed to marry outside their tribe and Jews were not allowed to marry those of the Aryan race, for fear of being harassed, alienated, arrested or worse.

After many were persecuted for publically and legally recognizing their loving relationships, the U.S. Supreme Court decided these laws violated the 14th Amendment and were designed solely to maintain "white supremacy." 

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