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Franz Boas: Report on the Academic Teaching of Anthropology full transcription

Franz Boas

Report on the Academic Teaching of Anthropology

14 September 1917

“… the value of the college of anthropology becomes at once apparent, because it trains the mind to clear thinking in relation to the forms of our cultural life – one of the great needs of those who take an active part in public activities.”

Kroeber’s years of teaching experience were drawn upon when a group of scholars, including Boas and Goddard, drafted this report advocating the instruction of anthropology in the United States.

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