By Sven Lindqvist
In 1981, Stephen Jay Gould uncovered the undesirable technological know-how in the back of nineteenth-century American stories that “proved” that Anglo-Saxons have been better simply because they'd higher brains. In The cranium Measurer’s Mistake, Sven Lindqvist tells the tale of Friedrich Tiedemann, the nineteenth-century German physician who dared to talk out opposed to such racist technological know-how while it was once first practiced.
Often the historical past of racism is decreased to the examine of racists. much less popular are the tales of these who argued and fought opposed to prejudice and persecution. during this precise publication, Sven Lindqvist, Swedish writer of the world over acclaimed books on Africa, China, and Latin the USA, profiles greater than twenty nineteenth-century women and men who, whereas no longer themselves sufferers of racism, went opposed to the mood of the time to show the numerous faces of prejudice.
Along with Tiedemann’s tale, The cranium Measurer’s Mistake recounts the antiracist efforts of Benjamin Franklin, Helen Hunt, Joseph Conrad, Alexis de Tocqueville, and others whose names were forgotten. Well-documented and wealthy in anecdote, Lindqvist’s e-book indicates how racist arguments emerged—and reemerged—over time. on the book’s middle is Lindqvist’s trust that wisdom of prior debates approximately racism may also help us defeat it now.
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