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Family Trees and Timber Rights: Albert E. Jenks, Americanization, and the Rise of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota1

  • Mark Soderstrom (a1)

Hindsight allows present-day scholars to view the development of academic disciplines in a light that contemporaries would never have seen. Hence, from our perspective, Mary Furner's assertion that anthropology developed as a profession reacting against biology and the physical sciences makes sense, for we tend to celebrate the triumph of cultural anthropology as the coming of age of the discipline. However, this trajectory of professional development was not a necessary or predestined development. Rather, the eventual (if occasionally still embattled) predominance of culture over the categories of race, nation, and biology was only one of many possible outcomes. This paper investigates a different trajectory, one that most current scholars would hope has been relegated to the dustbin of history. It is still a cautionary tale, though, in that while the racial anthropology followed in this narrative did not survive World War II, its practitioners did enjoy a degree of prominence and influence that was much greater and longer than has been generally acknowledged by current accounts.

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Albert Ernest Jenks , “The Legal Status of Negro-White Amalgamation in the United States,” American Journal of Sociology 21 (March 1916): 670–71.

Hamilton Cravens , “History of the Social Sciences,” Osiris, 2nd series, 1 (1985): 195.

Albert Jenks , “The Practical Value of Anthropology to Our Nation,” Science 53 (February 18, 1921): 150.

Peggy Pascoe , “Miscegenation Law, Court Cases, and Ideologies of ‘Race’ in Twentieth-Century America,” The Journal of American History 83 (June, 1996): 5355.

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