- Series: American Economic Association
- Hardcover: 329 pages
- Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. (March 23, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584773189
- ISBN-13: 978-1584773184
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,410,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Race Traits and Tendencies of the American Negro (American Economic Association)
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The author concludes that the 1896 abolition of slavery did not demonstrably improve the plight of African-Americans in the United States. Hoffman was the statistician to the Prudential Insurance Company of America at the time of this publication, and as such collected vital and social statistics regarding the subject. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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This bad book was writen by Frederick Ludwig Hoffman (1865 - 1946), a German American and economist.
This book is divided into a preface and these chapters:
Chapter 1: Population.
Chapter 2: Vital statistics.
Chapter 3: Anthropometry.
Chapter 4: Race amalgamation.
Chapter 5: Social conditions and tendencies.
Chapter 6: Economic condition and tendencies.
Chapter 7: Conclusion.
At the conclusion, there's these sentences: "Racial inferiority was the keynote of the pro-slavery argument. On the other hand, racial differences were explained away by those who saw in freedom the sure prospect of speedy amelioration of the lot of the southern slave ; yet thirty years of freedom in this country and nearly sixty in the West Indies have failed to accomplish the original purpose of the abolition of slavery, that is, the elevation of the colored race to the moral, mental and economic level of the white race.
Nothing is more clearly shown from this investigation than that the southern black man at the time of emancipation was healthy in body and cheerful in mind. He neither suffered inordinately from disease nor from impaired bodily vigor. His industrial capacities as a laborer were not of a low order, nor was the condition of servitude such as to produce in him morbid conditions favorable to mental disease, suicide, or intemperance. What are the conditions thirty years after ? The pages of this work give but one answer, an answer which is a most severe condemnation of modern
attempts of superior races to lift inferior races to their own elevated position, an answer so full of meaning that it would seem criminal indifference on the part of a civilized people to ignore it. In the plain language of the facts brought together the colored race is shown to be on the downward grade, tending toward a condition in which matters will be worse than they are novr, when diseases will be more destructive, vital resistance still lower, when the number of births will fall below the deaths, and gradual extinction of the race take place."
Well, I didn't read even 10% of this bad book, but this kind of eugenics feeling make me reducing my thinking about this book in just a sentence: Frederick Ludwig Hoffman wrote another eugenics' mumbo jumbo.