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The Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America's Unburied Dead

Ann Fabian


This chapter focuses on the collection of brains and skulls in America. It discusses the work of Ales Hrdlicka, who struggled with the intellectual legacy of Samuel George Morton, and Dr. E. Anthony Spitzka, who represented the American side of a movement that aimed to secure elite brains for scientific study. Spitzka and his colleagues believed that the brain's physiology explained why some men and some races were more successful than others. The chapter also highlights the efforts to rebury the dead in the late twentieth century.

Keywords: brains, skulls, Ales Hrdlicka, Samuel George Morton, E. Anthony Spitzka, brain's physiology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226233482
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226233499.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Fabian, author