What do polygamy, prostitution, and pet inheritance have in common? For the final episode in our 10-part series on American Identities, Adriennne Davis, professor of law and vice provost at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses the role of law in regulating intimate relationships in the United States. According to Davis, personal attachments, identity, and citizenship are fundamentally linked, and in her research, she envisions concrete ways in which the U.S. legal system might be more accepting of irregular forms of intimacy.
Throughout its history, the United States has been home to a huge range of cultures, ethnicities, lifestyles, and alliances. Within all this diversity, how do groups and individuals define and express their unique American identities? Scholars of American Culture Studies discuss art, music, religion, the legacy of slavery, and more.
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