Thank you to Undercover Black Man for today's little-known history of mixed-race people and, in fact, American politics. Julia Chinn, an octoroon, became the wife of Richard M. Johnson who eventually served as the ninth Vice-President of the United States under President Martin Van Buren. As we greet the 40th anniversary of the Loving Decision which outlawed all anti-miscegenation laws, it is interesting to read the public response to Chinn's nuptials.
"This is the second time that the moral feelings of that portion of the people of Scott county who possess such feelings, have been shocked and outraged by the marriage of a mulatto daughter of Col. Johnson to a white man, if a man, who will so far degrade himself; who will make himself an object of scorn and destation to every person that has the least regard for decency, for a little property; can be considered a white man."
Read also, Undercover Black Man's postscript about his Julia Chinn post.