How many states banned interracial marriage

Historically, up to 30 states had anti-miscegenation laws on thebooks until the middle of the 20th Century. All the colonies andthe colonies that became states had such laws. Pennsylvania wasapparently the first state to allow interracial marriage around1780.

States started repealing those laws after a 1948 California SupremeCourt case declared the California law unconstitutional. In 1967,the laws in the remaining 17 states were rendered moot when theFederal Supreme Court declared anti-miscegenation lawsunconstitutional. Although many laws remained on the books for anumber of years afterwards, they were unenforceable.

Please see Discussion comments for a link to an interactive map ofthe United States showing the history of anti-miscegenation laws ineach state.

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