Anthropology Unmasked: Museums, Science, and Politics in New York City

New book by Dr. Stanley Freed, Curator Emeritus of North American Ethnology.
Dr. Stanley Freed with his new book
Anthropology Unmasked (Volumes I & II)

A meticulously researched two-volume history, 1869-1969, based on primary documents and illustrated with a wealth of halftones and color photographs has just been published. Though focused on the American Museum of Natural History in New York and its department of anthropology, perhaps the most renowned anthropology department of the era, it deals with much else, such as political manipulations in the major cites of the northeast as well as in Washington, D.C. It is essential reading for museum professionals, anthropologists, historians, and anyone who is interested in American history and appreciates reading of the trials of late 19th and early 20th century explorers who frequently faced death in uncharted regions.

Dr. Freed introduces the vivid personalities who developed anthropology and the major early museums. With over 50 years experience that included personal relationships with some of these men and women, Freed offers fresh insights, an "inside-the-museum" point of view, and heretofore unpublished material.

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