“In Ways Unacademical”: The Reception of Carleton S. Coon's The Origin of Races

  title={“In Ways Unacademical”: The Reception of Carleton S. Coon's The Origin of Races},
  author={John P. Jackson},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • J. Jackson
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • History
  • Journal of the History of Biology
This paper examines the controversy surrounding anthropologist CarletonS. Coon's 1962 book, The Origin of Races. Coon maintained that thehuman sspecies was divided into five races before it had evolved into Homo sapiens and that the races evolved into sapiens at different times. Coon's thesis was used by segregationists in the United States as proof that African Americans were “junior” to white Americans and hence unfit for full participation in American society. The paper examines the… 

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