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The Negro in American Civilization


reviewed by Robin M. Williams - 1961

coverTitle: The Negro in American Civilization
Author(s): N. Weyl
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This extraordinary book argues for a view of race relations which rests upon the presumption that there are major genetic differences which result in the intellectual inferiority of Negroes to whites. The Introduction, written by Professor Frank C. J. McGurk, foreshadows the tone of the book's main thesis in the statement, "The weight of evidence clearly suggests that bio-genetic factors play a major role in causing psychic differences between races" (p. vi). In short, the thesis is that Negroes are mentally inferior to whites and that ". . . structural differences in the mentality of the two races exist which cannot wholly be explained by environment" (p. 196). It is further held that "the Negro mind is primarily auditory rather than visual" (p. 195), that criminality among American Negroes can only be fully explained by invoking "constitutional or character patterns, presumably largely genetic in origin" and that Negroes are characterized... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 5, 1961, p. 426-426
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3372, Date Accessed: 7/15/2019 2:51:57 PM

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