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BONE ROOMS: FROM SCIENTIFIC RACISM TO HUMAN PREHISTORY IN MUSEUMS. Samuel J. Redman. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2016. 288 pp. with 25 ills. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9780674660410 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: 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. In Bone Rooms Samuel Redman unearths the story of how human remains became highly sought-after artifacts for both scientific research and public display. Seeking evidence to support new theories of human evolution and racial classification, collectors embarked on a global competition to recover the best specimens of skeletons, mummies, and fossils. The Smithsonian Institution built the largest collection of human remains in the United States, edging out stiff competition from natural history and medical museums springing up in cities and on university campuses across America. When the San Diego Museum of Man opened in 1915, it mounted the largest exhibition of human skeletons ever presented to the public.
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Worldwide Number: 170241
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