From Savage to Negro

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Lee D. Baker explores what racial categories mean to the American public and how these meanings are reinforced by anthropology, popular culture, and the law. Focusing on the period between two landmark Supreme Court decisions--Plessy v. Ferguson(the so-called "separate but equal" doctrine established in 1896) andBrown v. Board of Education(the public school desegregation decision of 1954)--Baker shows how racial categories change over time. Baker paints a vivid picture of the relationships between specific African American and white scholars, who orchestrated a paradigm shift within the social sciences from ideas based on Social Darwinism to those based on cultural relativism. He demonstrates that the greatest impact on the way the law codifies racial differences has been made by organizations such as the NAACP, which skillfully appropriated the new social science to exploit the politics of the Cold War.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introductionp. 1
History and Theory of a Racialized Worldviewp. 11
The Ascension of Anthropology as Social Darwinismp. 26
Anthropology in American Popular Culturep. 54
Progressive-Era Reform: Holding on to Hierarchyp. 81
Rethinking Race at the Turn of the Century: W. E. B. Du Bois and Franz Boasp. 99
The New Negro and Cultural Politics of Racep. 127
Looking behind the Veil with the Spy Glass of Anthropologyp. 143
Unraveling the Boasian Discoursep. 168
Anthropology and the Fourteenth Amendmentp. 188
The Color-Blind Bindp. 208
Time Line of Major Eventsp. 229
Notesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 313
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