Franz Boas and the Progressive Spirit
Jewish Currents, Autumn 2010
5 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 5, 2011
This article examines the political career of Franz Boas, called the Father of American Anthropology. In addition to being a pioneering anthropologist, Boas realized the impact that scientists could have on public policy. In addition to commenting on issues concerning race, he organized committees to defend free speech in educational institutions and elsewhere.
Keywords: race, freedom of speech, pacifism
JEL Classification: Z00
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