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Re: Grinsteads
In Response To: Re: Grinsteads ()

Then they changed THAT law because of all the free white women having babies by Black fathers..I am just now reading about that from "Fixing the Color Line: The Mulatto, Southern Courts, and Racial Identity" in the American Quarterly Journal.
"....However, it would rapidly become clear to white Virginians that this proclamation (1662 law) required revision in order to exclude all mulaoots from whiteness and its attendant freedoms and privileges, since this Act did not take into account the status of children of white mothers and black fathers.Maryland recognized earlier than Virginia the 'threat' to established order involved in allowing mulatto children of white mothers to be free and moved in its antimiscegenation Act of 1663 to enslave these children: '"And forasmuch as divers freeborn ENGLISH women...dointermarry with negro slaves...all the issue of such free-born women, so married, shall be slaves as their fathers were...And be it further enacted, that all issues of ENGLISH, or other freeborn, that have already married negroes, shall serve the master of thier parents, til they be thirty years of age and no longer."' In 1664 Maryland became more punitive, ruling that white women bearing the children of slaves must serve "the masters of their husbands during the lifetime of the husband , and that the 'Issue of such freeborne wommen soe marryed shall be Slaues (sic) as their fathers were.'"


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