Herskovits debated with sociologist Franklin Frazier on the nature of cultural

Herskovits debated with sociologist franklin frazier

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Herskovits debated with sociologist Franklin Frazier on the nature of cultural contact in the Western Hemisphere , specifically with reference to Africans, Europeans, and their descendants. Frazier emphasized how Africans had adapted to their new environment in the Americas. Herskovits was interested in showing elements of continuity from African cultures into the present community. [8]
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After World War II , Herskovits publicly advocated independence of African nations from the colonial powers. He strongly criticized American politicians for viewing African nations as objects of Cold War strategy. Frequently called on as an adviser to government, Hersksovits served on the Mayor's Committee on Race Relations in Chicago (1945) and the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1959–60). [2] Legacy and honors [ edit ] The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University was named in his honor; it is based on his collection of materials as chairman of the department. [2] The Herskovits Prize (Melville J. Herskovits Award) is an annual award given by the African Studies Association to the best scholarly work (including translations) on Africa published in English in the previous year. Works [ edit ] The Cattle Complex in East Africa , PhD Dissertation, 1923 (published as a book in 1926) "The Negro's Americanism", in Alain Locke (ed.), The New Negro , 1925 On the Relation Between Negro-White Mixture and Standing in Intelligence Tests , 1926 The American Negro , 1928 Rebel Destiny, Among the Bush Negroes of Dutch Guiana , 1934, with Frances Herskovits Suriname Folk Lore, 1936, with Frances Herskovits Life in a Haitian Valley , 1937 Dahomey: An Ancient West African Kingdom (2 vols), 1938 Economic Life of Primitive People , 1940 The Myth of the Negro Past , 1941 Trinidad Village , 1947, with Frances Herskovits Man and His Works: The Science of Cultural Anthropology , 1948 Les bases de L'Anthropologie Culturelle, Payot, Paris, 1952 Dahomean Narrative: A Cross-Cultural Analysis , 1958, with Frances Herskovits Continuity and Change in African Culture , 1959 The Human Factor in Changing Africa , 1962 Economic Transition in Africa , 1964
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