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Materials of the MindPhrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920$
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James Poskett

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226626758

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226626895.001.0001

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Materials of the Mind

James Poskett

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the relationship between slavery and racial science. It argues that racial sciences, like phrenology, were used to support arguments both for and against slavery. It takes as its case study the plaster cast of a Haitian slave named Eustache Belin. The chapter follows the life and afterlife of Eustache Belin as part of an Atlantic history, moving between Haiti, France, Britain, and the United States.

Keywords:   race, slavery, phrenology, museums, scientific racism, Atlantic history, France, Britain, United States

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