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.
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