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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 how the history of science and the history of the book can be rethought as part of a global history. It takes as its case study Samuel George Morton's Crania Americana, an infamous work in the history of scientific racism. It shows how both the publication and the reception of Morton's book were shaped in a transatlantic context, one that included authors, editors, reviewers, printers, and publishers. It also explores the making of phrenology and anthropology as separate disciplines.

Keywords:   scientific racism, United States, Atlantic history, anthropology, disciplines, book history, publishers, reception

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