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Study miscegenation laws in the south and discuss their purpose and effectiveness in keeping blacks and whites separate.

Investigate the role of black men serving in the U.S military during World War I. Pay special attention to the role of segregation within the military ranks.

In Wedding Band Herman buys two tickets to New York, but cannot use them because blacks and whites must be separated on the boat. Research segregation laws and the effect they had on public transportation, paying special attention to when the laws were enacted and for what purpose.

Wedding Band demonstrates that the issue of single motherhood is not a new problem; Childress argues in an interview that laws enacted after the Civil War almost guaranteed that black women would be raising their children as single parents. Study the origins of this problem beginning with the laws enacted after the Civil War that gave black women the sole responsibility for supporting their children.

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