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Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just Paperback – January 3, 1985
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"In this sensitive biography, Manning conveys the outrage and absurdity of racism with a measured restraint that is much more powerful than if he had indulged in the diatribes to which his material could easily lend itself....People, settings, atmosphere...are beautifully evoked in a book that makes a major contribution to understanding the forces that obstructed and warped Just's career."--American Scientist
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E. E. Just was really a man ahead of his times. A brilliant scholar we learned of his being a polymath at prep school and later at Dartmouth. He was a poet, anthropologist and orator as well as a student. He settled on zoology and created a career for himself once matriculated with his PhD from the University of Chicago. Perhaps his work was of Nobel quality but that would never have come to be.
Ernest Everett Just was a black American from South Carolina. While the Nobel Committee may have considered an award to one of African descent, that individual would have had to be in a faculty position or a laboratory that was famed for its research. The candidate would have had to have the mentoring and facilities to pursue their research goals. Just did not have either of those.
As a professional he did not suffer the horrors of burning crosses or violence…at least as far as Manning’s story goes. Yet Just was the victim of a subtler but no less insipid form of racism. His peers were perhaps more refined in their interactions with him but he understood early on that he would always be very limited in professional options.
He would be confined to teaching at Black colleges only and his research at Woods Hole would also be limited though it appears that he made the most of it. He spent many summers there and did make friends.Read more ›
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I have to first make a comment about Amazon.com's blurb at the bottom of the image of the book. E. E. Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by malcolm byrnes
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The condition of the book was just as it was advertised. The book sleeve was a little torn, but what matters really is the inside pages and there aren't any marks at all. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Victoria
This book really goes in depth about the life and times of the Honorable Dr. Ernest Everett Just. Ton's of great information and stories about his life and career. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by C. A. Henderson
This book follows Dr. Ernest Everett Just's life in such a vivid way that I thought I was reading fiction. This was very entertaining.Published on January 30, 2013 by Gilligans
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