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American Philosophical Society

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

First scientific society in America, founded at Philadelphia (1743) by Franklin, its first president. His successors were Rittenhouse and Jefferson. The Society issues Transactions,...

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Ideas of Race in Early America

Sean P. Harvey.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History

P ublished online April 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Early 19th Century US History; Slavery and Abolition of Slavery; Native American History; African American History. 17187 words.

“Race,” as a concept denoting a fundamental division of humanity and usually encompassing cultural as well as physical traits, was crucial in early America. It provided the foundation for...

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