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Mixing Races

From Scientific Racism to Modern Evolutionary Ideas

Paul Lawrence Farber

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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. Paul Lawrence Farber traces this revolutionary shift in scientific thought, explaining how developments in modern population…

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. Paul Lawrence Farber 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 toward 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.

Farber’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, Mixing Races offers a unique perspective on how contentious debates taking place on college campuses reflected radical shifts in race relations in the larger society.

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Mixing Races is a fascinating look at how evolutionary science has changed alongside social beliefs.

Books like this one will open the dialogue about social barriers and group identities. A must read for undergraduates, students, faculty and administration, and parents. Essential.

It provides a succint, well-organized review of 20th-century scientific research and thinking relevant to notions of race that may assist in our understanding of many of the racial issues that we continue to face as a nation.

Farber does an impressive job of demonstrating how practitioners like Linnaeus, Buffon, Saint-Hilaire, and Cuvier advanced the field and set the stage for the development of science as we know it today... [An] estimable volume.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. A Mixed-Race Couple in the 1960s
2. Scientific Ideas on Race Mixing
3. Challenges to Opinions on Race Mixing
4. The Modern Synthesis
5. The Modern Synthesis Meets Physical

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. A Mixed-Race Couple in the 1960s
2. Scientific Ideas on Race Mixing
3. Challenges to Opinions on Race Mixing
4. The Modern Synthesis
5. The Modern Synthesis Meets Physical Anthropology and Legal Opinion
6. University Campuses in the 1960s
7. Science, "Race," and "Race Mixing" Today
Epilogue
Suggested Further Reading
Index

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Paul Lawrence Farber, Ph.D.

Paul Lawrence Farber is OSU Distinguished Professor of History of Science, Emeritus, at Oregon State University and author of Discovering Birds: The Emergence of Ornithology as a Scientific Discipline, 1760–1850 and Finding Order in Nature: The Naturalist Tradition from Linnaeus to E. O. Wilson, both also published by Johns Hopkins.
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