Yudell shows how scientists, even with the best intentions of modernizing the concept of race to keep up with current evidence, often wound up reinforcing its standard view to help insure its survival.
Garland Allen is Professor Emeritus of biology at Washington University in St. Louis. A historian and biographer in the history of genetics, eugenics and evolution, Allen is an international leader in the history of eugenics. A Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, he is author of Thomas Hunt Morgan: The Man and His Science (1979, Princeton U. Press), Biology: Scientific Process and Social Issues, with Jeffrey Baker, (2001, Wiley), and A Century of Evo-Devo: The Dialectics of Analysis and Synthesis in Twentieth-Century Life Sciences (2006, MIT Press).
Posts by Garland Allen
The story of Delyte Morris and the Southern Illinois University he created is what Robert A. Harper calls “a story of unlikely success and a tragic end.” It does read like an American tragedy, somehow, based in a rustic start, ambition, ingenuity, and the fallibility of good intentions.