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EBSCOhost: The Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America's Unburied Dead
he Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America's Unburied Dead Ann Fabian Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 272 pp. Cloth, $27.50.
Ann Fabian examines the intersections of science and race during the second and third quarters of the nineteenth century. Focusing on a European-trained American naturalist, Samuel George Morton, she depicts the racist underpinnings of early physical anthropology and Morton's role in the development of American craniology
With a collection of one thousand human skulls, Morton launched craniology in the United States under a European theoretical paradigm, sorting crania into five racial groups: Caucasian, Mongolian, American, Malay, and Ethiopian. It was believed that by measuring and comparing different skulls, human intellect and cultural position could be determined. Caucasians ranked superior due to their larger crania, and it is from this scientific orientation that Fabian examines the scientific climate enshrouding early [U.S.anthropology].
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february 2012 by nynate17

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