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People/Characters: Franz Boas

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The Ballad Collectors of North America: How Gathering Folksongs Transformed Academic Thought and American Identity (American Folk Music and Musicians Series) by Scott B. Spencer
A bibliography of Canadian folklore in English by Edith Fowke
Darwin: Norton Critical Edition by Philip Appleman
Dinosaurs in the Attic: An Excursion into the American Museum of Natural History by Douglas Preston
The Folktale by Stith Thompson
Franz Boas among the Inuit of Baffin Island, 1883-1884: Journals and Letters by Franz Boas
Human universals by Donald E. Brown
Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human by Matt Ridley
Schools of Linguistics by Geoffrey Sampson
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk
What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and Their Genes by Jonathan Marks
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould

Character description

Franz Uri Boas (/ˈfrɑːnz ˈboʊ.æz/; German: [ˈboːas]; July 9, 1858 – December 21, 1942) was a German-American anthropologist and a pioneer of modern anthropology who has been called the "Father of American Anthropology". His work is associated with the movement of anthropological historicism.

In 1887 he emigrated to the United States, where he first worked as a museum curator at the Smithsonian, and in 1899 became a professor of anthropology at Columbia University, where he remained for the rest of his career. Through his students, many of whom went on to found anthropology departments and research programmes inspired by their mentor, Boas profoundly influenced the development of American anthropology. Among his most significant students were Manuel Gamio, A. L. Kroeber, Ruth Benedict, Edward Sapir, Margaret Mead, Melville Herskovits, Anita Brenner, and Zora Neale Hurston.

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