By Julie Lavonne Novkov
Julie Novkov's Racial Union explains how and why, approximately 40 years after the peak of the civil rights flow, Alabama struggled to repeal its prohibition opposed to interracial marriage---the final nation within the Union to take action. Novkov's compelling background of Alabama's conflict over miscegenation indicates how the struggle formed the meanings of race and kingdom over 90 years. Novkov's paintings tells us a lot in regards to the occasionally parallel, occasionally convergent evolution of our ideas of race and kingdom within the kingdom as a whole.
"A remarkably nuanced account of interlocked struggles over race, gender, type and nation strength. Novkov's website is Alabama, yet her insights are for all America."
---Rogers M. Smith, Christopher H. Browne uncommon Professor of Political technological know-how, college of Pennsylvania
"Hannah Arendt surprised americans within the Fifties by way of suggesting that interracial intimacy was once the genuine degree of a society's racial order. Julie Novkov's cautious, illuminating, strong publication confirms Arendt's judgment. by way of ruling on who could be sexually associated with whom, Alabama's courts and legislators created a racial order or even a extensive political order; Novkov indicates us simply the way it labored in all of its painful, humiliating power."
---Jennifer L. Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of presidency, Professor of African and African American reviews, and Harvard university Professor