In a 1926 article in American Anthropologist, E.A. Hooten reviews the brand new journal Annals of Eugenics, a publication devoted to “racial problems” that “every anthropologist will welcome.”
Martin Robbins - 23 February 2011
Eugenics is, for good reason, a neglected part of the history of science. It is often associated with genocidal dictatorships such as the Nazi regime, but it’s easy to forget the uncomfortable truth that this was a well-established field in America and Britain too, only a few generations ago.
The following is a look at a PDF I stumbled across a few years ago; anthropologist E.A. Hooten’s 1926 review (pdf) of the first issue of a new journal called “Annals of Eugenics: A Journal for the Scientific Study of Racial Problems.”
The journal was issued by the Francis Galton Laboratory for National Eugenics, University of London, and this was no fringe publication - the Institute for Scientific Information listed it as one of the “262 journals published between 1900-1944 … identified as providing the most relevant significant and useful information of that era to today’s researcher”. Hooten was a “U.S. physical anthropologist known for his work on racial classification”, so what did he make of this new journal?