Miscegenation

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Miscegenation

Mixture of races. A term formerly applied to marriage between persons of different races. Statutes prohibiting marriage between persons of different races have been held to be invalid as contrary to the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

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It is not simply racial miscegenation with whites that produces whitening.
For although today, at least in France, racial miscegenation is no longer considered degenerating or shameful, and it even appears to prefigure tomorrow's world, this is a very recent change in attitude.
The narrative frame shifts insistently from the interior thoughts of Quentin Compson, studying at Harvard in 1909, across the events surrounding Sutpen's arrival in Jefferson, the savageries of the Civil War, the anxieties of Reconstruction, and the continuing legacies of racial miscegenation. Yet the genealogies produced in this text are not merely familial in nature, for in his trip to Haiti and his subsequent return to Jefferson Sutpen gradually uncovers the ideological structures of a European model of imperialism which has been effaced from the surface of an American national consciousness that understands slavery as its own peculiar institution.