Philly People, Now Deceased: A History Podcast

Season 2, Episode 2: Skull Guy - Samuel Morton and Race Science

March 02, 2020 Michiko and Leonard
Philly People, Now Deceased: A History Podcast
Season 2, Episode 2: Skull Guy - Samuel Morton and Race Science
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Philly People, Now Deceased: A History Podcast
Season 2, Episode 2: Skull Guy - Samuel Morton and Race Science
Mar 02, 2020
Michiko and Leonard

Join us as we discuss Philadelphian Samuel Morton who set out to prove racial inferiority based on skull sizes.  Guest Co-Host Nathaniel Miller joins Michiko as we look at Morton's skull measuring methods, a little bit about the potential origins of black-face mummers, and a smattering of Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Dumas, and repatriation of the remains of enslaved people.

References:  

Take Action: Change.org petition
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-university-of-penn-and-board-of-trustees-university-of-penn-to-return-enslaved-crania 

Samuel Morton  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_George_Morton

Crania Americana https://archive.org/details/Craniaamericana00Mort/page/261/mode/2up

Catalogue of human crania in the collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

Penn Museum Morton Cranial Collection https://www.penn.museum/sites/morton/index.php

Racism in Jacksonian America + reference to the Fancy Balls Lapsansky, Emma Jones. “‘Since They Got Those Separate Churches’: Afro-Americans and Racism in Jacksonian Philadelphia.” American Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 1, 1980, pp. 54–78. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2712496. Accessed 2 Mar. 2020.

Edward Clay’s Racist Political Cartoons about Rich Black Philadelphians http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/abolitn/gallclayf.html

DNA can’t tell your race https://www.popsci.com/story/science/dna-tests-myth-ancestry-race/

Dr. Sarah Tishkoff https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/10/05/sarah-tishkoff-penn-race-genetics/

Thomas Jefferson and his Slave Profit Calculations https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-dark-side-of-thomas-jefferson-35976004/

The Mismeasure of Man https://www.amazon.com/Mismeasure-Man-Revised-Expanded/dp/0393314251/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+mismeasure+of+man&qid=1583186691&s=books&sr=1-1

 Superior: the Return of Race Science https://www.amazon.com/Superior-Return-Science-Angela-Saini/dp/0807076910

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Show Notes

Join us as we discuss Philadelphian Samuel Morton who set out to prove racial inferiority based on skull sizes.  Guest Co-Host Nathaniel Miller joins Michiko as we look at Morton's skull measuring methods, a little bit about the potential origins of black-face mummers, and a smattering of Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Dumas, and repatriation of the remains of enslaved people.

References:  

Take Action: Change.org petition
https://www.change.org/p/president-of-university-of-penn-and-board-of-trustees-university-of-penn-to-return-enslaved-crania 

Samuel Morton  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_George_Morton

Crania Americana https://archive.org/details/Craniaamericana00Mort/page/261/mode/2up

Catalogue of human crania in the collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

Penn Museum Morton Cranial Collection https://www.penn.museum/sites/morton/index.php

Racism in Jacksonian America + reference to the Fancy Balls Lapsansky, Emma Jones. “‘Since They Got Those Separate Churches’: Afro-Americans and Racism in Jacksonian Philadelphia.” American Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 1, 1980, pp. 54–78. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2712496. Accessed 2 Mar. 2020.

Edward Clay’s Racist Political Cartoons about Rich Black Philadelphians http://utc.iath.virginia.edu/abolitn/gallclayf.html

DNA can’t tell your race https://www.popsci.com/story/science/dna-tests-myth-ancestry-race/

Dr. Sarah Tishkoff https://www.phillymag.com/news/2019/10/05/sarah-tishkoff-penn-race-genetics/

Thomas Jefferson and his Slave Profit Calculations https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-dark-side-of-thomas-jefferson-35976004/

The Mismeasure of Man https://www.amazon.com/Mismeasure-Man-Revised-Expanded/dp/0393314251/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+mismeasure+of+man&qid=1583186691&s=books&sr=1-1

 Superior: the Return of Race Science https://www.amazon.com/Superior-Return-Science-Angela-Saini/dp/0807076910

Support the show (https://www.facebook.com/deadphillypeeps/)