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History and the Races-Pernicious School History
			
                 HISTORY AND THE RACES.                  423



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         HISTORY AND THE RACES-PERNICIOUS
                  SCHOOL HISTORY.
    Years ago it was customary to divide up the human
family into five groups, called races, and our primary geog-
raphies still continue this division, although they have ceased
to present such uncouth typical pictures of the Negro and the
Malayan, as formerly. The High School geographies have dis-
carded this race division, and give us a united humanity, run-
ning out into these extremes with all intermediate steps filled
in; the three extremes being white men, black men and brown
men; the latter being in some respect the middle place of in-
termediation between black and white.
    Scientific investigation has shown that a better defini-
tion of the generic distinction between human bodies could
be made by classing them as pigmented, and non-pigmented.
The color and hair are the principal marks by which human
bodies can be classed, and as color is more easily recognized
in its differences than hair, the above distinction would be both
scientific and popular. At the same time it would leave us a
large mass of human bodies indeterminate. But this result
will happen by any method employed to separate man into
races, or to put asunder what God hath joined together.
    The present school "General Histories," as, for instance,
Myers and Barnes, have a most facile but exceedingly au-
dacious way of dealing with this subject. They are much
bolder than Peter Parley. They make things as they go For




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 19, Num. 1

History and the Races-Pernicious School History

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Volume:  19
Issue Number:  01
Page Number:  423
Date:  07/1902


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