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Measuring ManhoodRace and the Science of Masculinity, 1830-1934$
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Melissa N. Stein

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673025

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673025.001.0001

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Walter White, Scientific Racism, and the NAACP Antilynching Campaign

Walter White, Scientific Racism, and the NAACP Antilynching Campaign

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(p.251) Chapter 5 Walter White, Scientific Racism, and the NAACP Antilynching Campaign
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Measuring Manhood
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Melissa N. Stein

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673025.003.0006

Chapter five reveals that in the 1920s and 30s, black NAACP leader Walter White identified racial scientists as part of the problem, not the solution. He made debunking biological theories of black inferiority a key component of his anti-lynching work and sought strategic alliances with white scientists to help him turn science against itself.

Keywords:   NAACP, Walter White, lynching, scientific racism, racialized science, lynching, American studies, African American studies, culture and race

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