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Item #36566 Race Traits and Tendencies of the American Negro. Frederick L. Hoffman, Paul Finkelman, intro.

Race Traits and Tendencies of the American Negro.

Hoffman, Frederick L. Race Traits and Tendencies of the American Negro. New York: Published for the American Economic Association by the Macmillan Company, 1896. (Publications of the American Economic Association. Vol. XI. Nos. 1, 2 and 3. Pages 1-329. August, 1896.) vii (i-vii new Introduction), x, 329 pp. With a new introduction by Paul Finkelman. Reprinted 2004 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584773184; ISBN-10: 1584773189. Hardcover. New. $49.95 This analytical study provides a fascinating examination of the circumstances of African-Americans during the first thirty years following the abolition of slavery and insights into the biases of nineteenth-century social science. Its chapters consider population factors, vital statistics, including anthropometry, race amalgamation and social and economic conditions. Hoffman, the statistician of the Prudential Insurance Company of America, based his book on research materials collected in his study of African-Americans. He concludes that, as of 1896, the lives of African-Americans did not demonstrably improve after abolition. As the legal historian Paul Finkelman notes in the introduction: "By employing the beguiling methodology of statistical analysis and other tools of the emerging social sciences, the work justified, among other things, massive racial discrimination in the insurance industry."

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