Passed at the height of the Eugenics Movement, the Racial Integrity Act proclaimed the existence of only two racial categories in Virginia—”colored” and white. The law stripped Native Americans and members of other ethnics groups with dark skin, of their land, voting rights, and legal identity. Longwood College professor David Smith and Old Dominion University anthropologist Helen Rountree, discuss the Act and its legacy.
Also featured: Jeff Hantman of University of Virginia.
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