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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Just as the mixing of peoples has been a dominant theme in American social history, it has also been a compelling, if not controversial, theme in American social science. Sociologists have long recognized that intermarriage is an important social phenomenon in American society. Thus, early American social observers were drawn to study this area of social life. From Frederick Hoffman's earliest studies of black/white couples in the late nineteenth century to W. E. B. Du Bois's observations on intermarriage at the beginning of the twentieth century, the systematic study of inter-marriage stands as one of the initial starting points for American sociology.
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