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Author Farber, Paul Lawrence, 1944-

Title Mixing races : from scientific racism to modern evolutionary ideas / Paul Lawrence Farber

Publ Info Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011
 CCRI-Newport  E185.62 .F37 2011    AVAILABLE
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Descript xi, 120 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of science
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents A mixed-race couple in the 1960s -- Scientific ideas on race mixing -- Challenges to opinions on race mixing -- The modern synthesis -- The modern synthesis meets physical anthropology and legal opinion -- University campuses in the 1960s -- Science, "race," and "race mixing" today
Note This book explores changing American views of race mixing in the twentieth century, showing how new scientific ideas transformed accepted notions of race and how those ideas played out on college campuses in the 1960s. In the 1930s, it was not unusual for medical experts to caution against miscegenation, or race mixing, espousing the common opinion that it would produce biologically dysfunctional offspring. By the 1960s the scientific community roundly refuted this theory. The author traces this revolutionary shift in scientific thought, explaining how developments in modern population biology, genetics, and anthropology proved that opposition to race mixing was a social prejudice with no justification in scientific knowledge. In the 1960s, this new knowledge helped to change attitudes towards race and discrimination, especially among college students. Their embrace of social integration caused tension on campuses across the country. Students rebelled against administrative interference in their private lives, and university regulations against interracial dating became a flashpoint in the campus revolts that revolutionized American educational institutions. The author's provocative study is a personal one, featuring interviews with mixed-race couples and stories from the author's student years at the University of Pittsburgh. As such, this book offers a unique perspective on how contentious debates taking place on college campuses reflected shifts in race relations in the larger society. -- from Back Cover
LC subject United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century
Miscegenation -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Interracial marriage -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Interpersonal relations and culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Human population genetics -- Social aspects -- United States
Science -- Social aspects -- United States
Link Online version: Farber, Paul Lawrence, 1944- Mixing races. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011 (OCoLC)747306231
ISBN 9780801898129 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0801898129 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780801898136 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0801898137 (pbk. : alk. paper)