He was buried in a white cemetery. She was buried in a black cemetery. Their marriage was unheard-of at the time. Their relationship defied convention, and yet it survived war and bitter family resentment. Ramey, born in , came from a prominent white family. Simkins was born a slave in , most likely on a property called Edgewood owned by Francis Pickens, who would become a Confederate governor.
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Students will reflect on how the ground-breaking changes that occurred because of the new laws in the late s and early s affected the strength of American democracy. Use this lesson to engage students in a conversation about the period of interracial democracy that occurred during Radical Reconstruction. Think, Pair, Share. The video focuses specifically on black suffrage. Before showing the video, students should reflect on the revolutionary and unprecedented nature of granting political and civil rights to millions of people who two years prior were enslaved. Never before in history had so large a group of emancipated slaves suddenly achieved political and civil rights. And the coming of black suffrage in the South in inspired a sense of millennial possibility second only to emancipation itself.
Though the notion that racial mixing is undesirable has arisen at different points in history, it gained particular prominence in Europe during the era of colonialism. The term miscegenation entered the English language in the 19th century as racial segregation began to become more formalized in the United States. It was used specifically to refer to interracial marriage and interracial sexual relations. Although the term "miscegenation" was formed from the Latin miscere "to mix" plus genus "race" or "kind", and could therefore be perceived as value-neutral, it is almost always used in a negative way, as something to be avoided, punished or outlawed.