The Lost Black Scholar: Resurrecting Allison Davis in American Social Thought.

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Varel, David A. The Lost Black Scholar: Resurrecting Allison Davis in American Social Thought. Chicago. IL: University of Chicago Press, 2018, pp.304, ISBN: 022653488X.

This biography tells the story of Allison Davis (1902-1983), a preeminent Black scholar and social science pioneer, known for his groundbreaking investigations into inequality, Jim Crow America, and the cultural biases of intelligence testing. He was one of America's first black anthropologists and the first tenured African American professor at a predominantly white university, who produced work that had tangible and lasting effects on public policy, including contributions to Brown v. Board of Education, the federal Head Start program, and school testing practices. Thus, the book shows how a combination of institutional...

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