America's Reaction To A Mixed Race Couple

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American society evolved drastically during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The Civil Rights Movement picked up speed, teenage delinquents appeared, and the counter culture came into its own. The 1967 film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, produced by Columbia Pictures and directed by Stanley Kramer, depicts Joey Drayton (Katharine Houghton) and Dr. John Wade Prentice (Sidney Poitier) as a mixed race couple who leave Hawaii to go back to her family’s home to surprise her parents, Mr. Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and Mrs. Christina Drayton (Katharine Hepburn) in San Francisco, California. Joey later invites Dr. Prentice’s parents to dinner who then fly in from Los Angeles. The couple’s announcement ...view middle of the document...

America was hardly ready for blacks and whites to serve the nation together, there was no way that in 1948 America was ready for black and whites to marry.
Although almost a decade had passed since the Executive Order that integrated the military, America was still not prepared for people to marry outside of their skin color. In fact, the fifties was all about having the perfect, white, “Nuclear”, family. Television programs such as Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows Best, and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, pounded the picture of what a “perfect family” should look like though mass media. The mixing of a black and white in the most sacred union did not fit into the perfect family mold America loved to showcase. Though America seemed to be at a standstill in terms of integration at this time, one of the most impactful cases hit the main stage of America’s attention. The Supreme Court Ruling on the Brown verses Board of Education on May 17, 1954 rocked the nation, but especially the southern region. This was another step...

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