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According to Our HeartsRhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family$
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Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300166828

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300166828.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
According to Our Hearts

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the legal and social meanings of the Rhinelander case by investigating its various lessons regarding law and society's joint role in framing the normative deal of family as monoracial. It provides a narrative account of the Rhinelander case, which covers the beginning and the ending of the trials. It also focuses on two ways in which law and society defines this ideal: by failing to recognize the existence of interracial couples and thereby rendering them nonexistent in law and life; and by punishing racial transgressors.

Keywords:   interracial couples, Rhinelander case, law, family, racial transgressors

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