This chapter examines the two minds of Pierre F.-X. de Charlevoix, who embodies much of the complexity and ambiguity of changing European views of the “savage.”; vanishing savages and diminishing nobility; Constantin François Chasseboeuf, comte de Volney, and the ruins of savagery; Lewis Henry Morgan and the ennobling effects of evolution. The discussion looks at the rising currents of racial negativity that increasingly suffuse the writings of every discipline during the period after Rousseau.
Keywords: Rousseau; racial negativity; Charlevoix; savage; Lewis Henry Morgan; comte de Volney
Chapter. 11139 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology
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