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The Lost Black Scholar: Resurrecting Allison Davis in American Social Thought

David A. Varel


W. Allison Davis (1902-1983) was a preeminent black scholar and pioneer within social science. His empirical investigations into race and class inequality, the system of Jim Crow, and the cultural biases within intelligence testing were groundbreaking. As one of the first black anthropologists in the country, as well as the first African American appointed full-time to a predominantly-white university (University of Chicago, in 1942), Davis confronted America’s color line firsthand. His work had tangible effects of public policy, including contributions to Brown v. Board of Education, the fede ... More

Keywords: race, class, inequality, Jim Crow, intelligence testing, University of Chicago, Brown v. Board of Education, Head Start, racism, civil rights movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226534886
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226534916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Varel, author
University of Mississippi