A sample passage: “The aristocrat of the South, for a century has gained strength by the association with his slaves. Let the poor and degraded whites of the South mingle with the negroes who have also partaken of the bitter fruits of slavery; let our soldiers occupy the plantations with those that are more fitted for their companionship.”
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Anti-miscegenation statutes had long since swept the South. At least 16 states, including the 11 Confederate states, had such laws in force when the court ruled in the Loving case. Georgia’s statute, a form of which was first adopted in 1750, forbade any nonwhite person from marrying any white person. It was overturned with 15 others by the ruling. Virginia was first colony to enact an anti-miscegenation law, in 1691.