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Race UnmaskedBiology and Race in the Twentieth Century$
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Michael Yudell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168748

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168748.001.0001

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Coloring Race Difference

Coloring Race Difference

(p.75) 5 Coloring Race Difference
Race Unmasked

Michael Yudell

J. Craig Venter

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses how the National Research Council's (NRC) race committees' transition from the study of white ethnics to the study of black–white differences began in the middle of the 1920s, resulted in the establishment of the Committee on the Study of the American Negro. The committee aims to act as a stimulating, coordinating, and fact-finding agency in the field of Negro study, albeit accomplishing little during its three-year existence due to a lack of funds. One significant success of the committee is the “Conference on Racial Differences,” which concentrates on the Negro and the Immigrant in relation to whites and stocks of earlier introduction. The chapter examines Charles Davenport's and Morris Steggerda's field study Race Crossing in Jamaica which sought to evaluate the intellectual, pathological, and morphological differences between blacks and whites, and to understand these traits in hybrids between the two groups.

Keywords:   National Research Council, black-white differences, Negro study, Jamaica, Charles Davenport, Morris Steggerda

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