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Bone rooms : from scientific racism to human prehistory in museums

Author: Samuel J Redman
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1864, a U.S. army doctor dug up the remains of a Dakota man who had been killed in Minnesota. Carefully recording his observations, he sent the skeleton to a museum in Washington, DC, that was collecting human remains for research. In the "bone rooms" of this museum and others like it, a scientific revolution was unfolding that would change our understanding of the human body, race, and prehistory. Influenced by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel J Redman
ISBN: 9780674660410 0674660412
OCLC Number: 921310692
Description: 373 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of black and white plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Collecting bodies for science --
Salvaging race and remains --
The medical body on display --
The story of man through the ages --
Scientific racism and museum remains --
Skeletons and human prehistory.
Responsibility: Samuel J. Redman.

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In the bone rooms of the Smithsonian Institution and other museums in the late nineteenth century, a scientific revolution was unfolding, as collectors engaged in a global competition to recover the  Read more...

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Provides much-needed foundation of the relationship between museums and Native Americans.--Brian Wolly"Smithsonian.com" (12/30/2016) Redman's volume offers a glimpse of the personalities and the Read more...

 
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