This document contains three different sources that all contain anti-miscegenation laws in Iowa and across the United States between 1839 and 1959. Anti-miscegenation laws are laws that enforce racial segregation at the level of marriage and intimate relationships by criminalizing interracial marriage between members of different races. The three sources in this document are: the 1839 Laws of the Territory of Iowa, the Iowa Code of Law of 1851 and the Yale Law Journal of 1959.
- What did the territory of Iowa law say in 1839 about marriages between whites and people of color?
- By 1851 Iowa had repealed its miscegenation law for marriages. Why do you think
- As you read 480 Appendix 1 and 482 States Formerly Prohibiting Miscegenation, how does Iowa's omission of the anti-miscegenation laws compare to other states? Why is this significant to Iowa's statement of "our rights we will maintain?"
"Anti-Miscegenation Laws in Iowa," between 1839 and 1959. Courtesy of the Law Library, State Library of Iowa