Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Illustrations

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pp. xi-xii

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Prologue

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pp. 1-22

For seven years during the McCarthy era, from 1949 to 1956, I was amember of the Communist Party—roughly, from the time its leaders were indicted under the Smith Act, through the period when it was semi-legal and eventually outlawed, until it began to fall apart in theaftermath of the Khrushchev “revelations.” It was not a propitious time...

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One: Autobiographical Recollections

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pp. 23-142

Thus, if memory serves, ran the opening of the “Victory Cantata” (composed by two of my classmates) in which our voices joined at the graduation ceremony of the Horace Mann–Lincoln School in May of 1945. Victory in Europe had just been won, and the United Nations was in the process of formation in San Francisco. Although the sorrow over...

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Two: Historiographical Reflections

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pp. 143-178

Early in my career, while teaching History 101 at Berkeley, I was muchaffected by Marc Bloch’s comment, in The Historian’s Craft, about “the curious modesty which, as soon as we are outside the study, seems to forbid us to expose the honest groping of our methods before a profane public” (1953:87). In that spirit, I once imagined a case study in which...

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Three: Octogenarian Afterthoughts

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pp. 179-204

Although the last several pages were drafted during the copyediting phase in 2010, the preceding section (“Doing ‘Good Work’”) was first drafted some time in 2000. Since then, there have been significant changes in my life and work situation—changes I have experienced not as steady decline, but as steps down a pyramid of deterioration. A very...

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Epilogue

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pp. 205-216

Although Carol has served (along with the Internet) as a substitute for passage I have read aloud to her, by her own choice she has never actually read the “Black Box” essay. She has, however, commented on the process of its composition. This, by reference to Homer’s Penelope, who during Odysseus’s twenty-year absence kept would-be suitors at...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 217-218

In the course of writing this book I have accumulated many debts to institutions and individuals which I would like here to acknowledge—as well as others along the way whose names are lost in failing memory or disorganized notes.The original sixty-page version of the “Black Box” essay/monograph was draftedin the early months of 1998, while I was at the Dibner Institute for the History of...

References Cited

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pp. 219-224

Index

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pp. 225-232

History of Anthropology

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pp. 233-234