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Race and Science
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During the course of American history, scientific theories have been used to legitimate racial ideas that in turn have been important in creating and interpreting the law. Race and Science collects essays from leading voices in law, history, history of science, botany, and the social sciences, resulting in a rich and comprehensive multidisciplinary exploration of the roots of and the scientific challenges to racial essentialism.

The notion that someone’s racial identity and characteristics define everything of importance about them has become deeply embedded in American culture, society, and science. These essays illuminate the roots of this belief and present case studies that explore how and why natural and social scientists have challenged these racist views.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. contents
  2. p. vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Slavery in the Election of 1800
  2. pp. 17-31
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  1. From Kin to Intruder: Cherokee Legal Attitudes toward People of African Descent in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 32-57
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  1. The Last Repatriationist: The Career of Earnest Sevier Cox
  2. pp. 58-80
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  1. Mongrels and Hybrids: The Problem of "Race" in the Botanical World
  2. pp. 81-94
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  1. The Roman Campaign of ’53 to ’55: The Dunn Family among a Jewish Community
  2. pp. 95-129
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  1. Changes in Scientific Opinion on Race Mixing: The Impact of the Modern Synthesis
  2. pp. 130-151
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  1. Race, IQ, and Politics in Twentieth-Century America
  2. pp. 152-184
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  1. Robert Coles and the Political Culture of the Second Reconstruction
  2. pp. 185-212
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  1. Genomics, Genetic Identity, and the Refiguration of "Race"
  2. pp. 213-227
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 228
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  1. Contributors' Notes
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-234
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