The Father Of American Anthropology

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“If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present.” – Franz Boas Franz Boas has been called the “Father of American Anthropology.” Dr. Boas did not obtain his degree in anthropology, but went on to help create the four fields of anthropology and teach many of the most well-known anthropologists of today. His contributions to the field of cultural anthropology alone are magnificent, Dr. Boas and his students had managed to completely alter how we as a society viewed race and culture. On July 9, 1859 in Minden, Westphalia, Germany Franz Boas was born. Boaz was from a Jewish family his grandparents were conservative, and his parents were very liberal. However, Boaz did not view himself as Jewish, but rather German instead. At a young age Boaz had spent his time reading due to poor health, he would later be engrossed with natural science and the history of culture. When Boaz attended Heidelberg his main focus of study was mathematics and physics, then in 1881 he graduated Kiel University with his Ph. D in physics and a minor in geography. In 1883 Boas had went to Baffin Island in the artic to conduct geographical research. Once there he became fascinated with non-Western cultures, and upon his subsequent return home Boaz had decided to devote his time to anthropology. Later in 1885 Boas had gone to work with Rudolph Virchow, and Adolf Bastian. Boas had worked more closely with Bastian who
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