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

Suggested Citation

McGowan, Alan H., Franz Boas and the Progressive Spirit (July 5, 2011). Jewish Currents, Autumn 2010. Available at SSRN:

Alan H. McGowan (Contact Author)

The New School ( email )

65 W 11 St
New York, NY 10011
United States


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