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date: 21 November 2019

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Intermarriage remains a uniquely revealing site for exploring questions about immigration and the creation of American cultures and racial hierarchies in the past and present. At every stage of U.S. History, practices of and policies regulating intermarriage have helped define belonging and distribute political and economic privileges. Although historians have sometimes interpreted persistent and lasting intermarriages between particular ethno-racial groups as a harbinger of more amiable ethno-racial relations and evidence of assimilation, they have also noted that such marriages can reinforce gender and racial inequalities. Scholars will continue to enhance the field by studying intermarriages that crossed and transcended national borders, defied the assumption of heterosexuality, and tested the salience of ethnicity among new immigrants from Latin America and Asia.

Keywords: intermarriage, assimilation, ethnicity, creation, racial hierarchies, cross, national borders

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