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February 2023

You Can’t Quit Being White: Arizona Territories Intriguing First Inter-Racial Marriage Trial with Bernard Wilson

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Florence Community Library, 778 N. Main St.
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court Case Loving vs. Virginia, the validity of an inter-racial marriage was dependent upon the state or territory a person lived. In the Arizona territories the laws governing miscegenation, or inter-racial marriage, focused on the prevention of creating mixed racial persons, rather than actual marital unions. In 1892, a couple would face multiple trials defending their right to be treated as a married couple in the eyes of the law. The citizens of Tucson were…

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April 2023

Immigration and the American Dream: “We the People” Today and Tomorrow with

April 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Florence Community Library, 778 N. Main St.
Florence, AZ 85132 United States
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The ongoing crisis at the US-Mexico border has fueled often ugly arguments about US immigration policy. The arguments are not new. Nor are their basic questions. The US has long touted itself as a land of immigrants, but repeatedly closed doors belie its boast. For its policies and practices have hardly been consistently welcoming. Almost every generation of US citizens has needed to answer questions about immigration and the American dream, about who should be allowed to become their fellow…

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