Black Bodies, White Science: Louis Agassiz's Slave Daguerreotypes

  title={Black Bodies, White Science: Louis Agassiz's Slave Daguerreotypes},
  author={Brian Wallis},
  journal={American Art},
  pages={39 - 61}
  • B. Wallis
  • Published 1 July 1995
  • Art
  • American Art
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