Same race dating
The remnants of the racial divide became stronger post-slavery as the concept of whiteness developed.
There was a widely held belief that uncontrollable lust threatens the purity of the nation.
Races did not want to mix, the whites were feeling inadequate and wanted to take back control.
The Ku Klux Klan then formed in 1867, which led to violence and terrorism targeting the black population.
There was an increase in the sense of white dominance and sexual racism among the Southern people.
There were general heightened tensions following the end of the failed civil war in 1865, and this increased the sexual anxiety in the population.
Seretse was the chief of an eminent Botswanan tribe, and Ruth an English student.
Many whites struggled with this reformation and attempted to find loopholes to continue the exploitation of black labour.
Additionally, the white Democrats were not pleased with the outcome and felt a sense of inadequacy among white men.
This radical reconstruction of the South was deeply unpopular and slowly unravelled leading to the introduction of the Jim Crow laws.
Once the couple were allowed to return home in 1956, they became prominent figures the movement for racial and social justice, contributing to Seretse's election as president of Botswana in 1966.
Later, they both continued to fight laws surrounding interracial marriage.
Attitudes towards interracial relationships, and indeed marriage, have increased in positivity in the last 50 years.