Bones: Discovering the First Americans by Elaine Dewar

By Elaine Dewar

Bones—the is still of historic New global natives now mendacity in museums and college laboratories around the Americas—are on the heart of the clinical and cultural battles defined during this provocative publication. those bones, award-winning investigative journalist Elaine Dewar asserts, problem the permitted concept that the 1st americans descend from a Mongoloid those who migrated around the Bering land bridge to Alaska on the finish of the Ice Age 11,000 years in the past. With local American activists, white supremacists, DNA specialists, and actual anthropologists—all vying for regulate of historic bones like these of the Caucasoid Kennewick Man—Dewar explores the politics of archaeology, historical past, legislation, local spirituality, and race family members at paintings during this medical battlefield. She reviews, too, at the competition one of the specialists over replacement theories that recommend the recent international could have been populated as early as 60,000 years in the past, maybe by way of Polynesian voyagers who sailed to South the US.

Show description

Read Online or Download Bones: Discovering the First Americans PDF

Best race relations books

Feminism Confronts Technology

This e-book presents an exploration of the effect of know-how on women's lives. The expertise thought of contains notice processors, foodstuff processors, genetic engineering and constructions. The ebook surveys sociological and feminist literature on know-how, and argues that there's an built in male bias within the manner expertise is designed and outlined.

Identities in Context: Individuals and Discourse in Action

Identities in Context is a finished advisor to modern discursive examine on matters on the subject of id throughout various contexts. Provides a entire advisor to modern discursive examine on identityIntroduces subject matters and ideas in a established manner that enables readers to more uncomplicated assimilate the several facets of discourse and identityOffers a story account of the way discursive learn has contributed to the certainty of varied phenomena, reminiscent of interactions in felony and healthiness care settingsFeatures a number of reader-friendly aids, together with bankruptcy outlines and a word list of phrases and ideas

Race and the Third Reich: Linguistics, Racial Anthropology and Genetics in the Dialectic of Volk

Race and the 3rd Reich goals to set out the most important suggestions, debates and controversies that marked the educational learn of race in Nazi Germany. It seems to be specifically on the self-discipline of racial anthropology and its dating to linguistics and human biology. Christopher Hutton identifies the principal figures concerned with the research of race throughout the Nazi regime, and strains continuities and discontinuities among Nazism and the research of human range within the Western culture.

Against Equality of Opportunity

Nowadays virtually all people turns out to imagine it seen that equality of chance is a minimum of a part of what constitutes a good society. whilst they're so imprecise approximately what equality of chance truly quantities to that it may well start to appear like an empty time period, a handy shorthand for how jobs (or for that subject collage areas, or positions of strength, or simply locations at the neighborhood activities crew) will be allotted, no matter what that occurs to be.

Additional info for Bones: Discovering the First Americans

Example text

59 For example, in 1831, Nat Turner, an enslaved black man, led a rebellion against slavery in Southampton County, Virginia. Seventy enslaved people rebelled with him, and dozens of whites were killed be‑ fore white soldiers put down these freedom fighters. They clearly had a sense of what “liberty and justice” really meant, more so than those against whom they revolted. Their rebellion brought great fear of black revolts into white minds, especially in southern areas, and new laws and repressive policing systems were developed by whites in response.

Systemic racism at its core involves separating, distancing, and alienating social relationships. For several centuries, whites’ coercion has kept African Americans from doing much of what they need and desire to do for themselves and their families. Black needs and wants have typically not been given seri‑ ous consideration by white decision makers in major economic, politi‑ cal, and social institutions, although these needs and desires have often been made clear in black resistance against racial oppression.

From at least the late seventeenth cen‑ tury onward, that African American presence frequently obsessed or preoccupied white minds and generated special laws, especially in re‑ gard to matters of racial interaction. Enslaved black laborers soon be‑ came essential to the general prosperity of the white‑dominated society as a (if not the) major labor source for the generation of economic assets for many yeoman farmers as well as elite farmers, plantation owners, and urban entrepreneurs. This slavery‑centered economy and society involved not only economically successful slaveholders but other capi‑ talists such as merchants, bankers, and shippers, as well as a very large number of ordinary whites in the South and the North who worked in occupations linked to a substantial degree to the growing slavery sys‑ tem.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.92 of 5 – based on 11 votes