By Angela Onwuachi-Willig
This landmark booklet seems to be at what it capability to be a multiracial couple within the usa this present day. According to Our Hearts starts off with a glance again at a 1925 case within which a two-month marriage ends with a guy suing his spouse for misrepresentation of her race, and exhibits how our society has but to come back to phrases with interracial marriage. Angela Onwuachi-Willig examines the difficulty by means of drawing from various assets, together with her personal studies. She argues that housing legislations, kinfolk legislation, and employment legislations fail, in vital methods, to guard multiracial undefined. In a society within which marriage is used to provide, withhold, and remove status—in the place of work and elsewhere—she says interracial are at a drawback, that is simply exacerbated by means of present legislation.
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5 Socially speaking, although the Harlem Renaissance had begun to change the racial landscape of 1920s New York society, within the world that Alice and Leonard were inhabiting, a poor and colored Alice could never be the wife of the wealthy, prominent, and white Leonard. Even if Leonard lost his claim for annulment, the couple would still have to obtain a divorce. The trial of the Rhinelanders proved to be shocking: from racy love letters, to tales of premarital lust and sex, to the inclusion of blackface performer Al Jolson as a trial witness, to the exhibition of Alice’s bare breasts and legs in the courtroom to prove that Leonard, who had seen her naked before marriage, would have known that she was colored at the time of their nuptials.
ACCORDING TO OUR HEARTS ANGELA ONWUACHI-WILLIG According to Our Hearts RHINELANDER V. RHINELANDER AND THE LAW OF THE MULTIRACIAL FAMILY Yale UNIVERSITY PRESS NEW HAVEN & LONDON Copyright © 2013 by Angela Onwuachi-Willig. All rights reserved. S. Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press), without written permission from the publishers. Yale University Press books may be purchased in quantity for educational, business, or promotional use. S. K. office). Set in Scala type by Integrated Publishing Solutions.
Finally, it ends with Alice and Leonard’s secret marriage and the filing of Leonard’s claim for annulment as well as Alice’s response. Chapter 2, “Openings and a Closing: Shutting the Door on Reconciliation,” describes the opening statements of both parties at the trial. First, this chapter presents the trial strategy and arguments of Leonard, or perhaps more accurately, of his attorneys in attempting to tarnish Alice’s reputation with the social crimes of both failing to understand her place as a working-class, colored woman and trying to rise above that place through deceit and trickery.
According to Our Hearts. Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family by Angela Onwuachi-Willig