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Melville J. Herskovits

AKA Melville Jean Herskovits

Born: 10-Sep-1895
Birthplace: Bellefontaine, OH
Died: 25-Feb-1963
Location of death: Evanston, IL
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Anthropologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Myth of the Negro Past

Military service: US Army (WWI; 1918-19)

Father: Herman Herskovits
Mother: Henrietta Hart
Wife: Frances Shapiro (m. 12-Jul-1924, d. 1972)
Daughter: Jean Frances Herskovits (b. 1935)

    High School: Erie High School, Erie, PA (1912)
    University: University of Cincinnati
    University: Hebrew Union College
    University: University of Poitiers
    University: PhB History, University of Chicago (1920)
    University: MA Anthropology, Columbia University (1921)
    University: PhD Anthropology, Columbia University (1923)
    University: New School for Social Research
    Lecturer: Columbia University (1924-27)
    Professor: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Howard University (1925)
    Professor: Northwestern University (1927-63)

    US Agriculture Department Forestry Service, Council on Human Relations (WWII)
    Board of Economic Warfare Chief Consultant for African Affairs (WWII)
    African Studies Association President
    American Anthropological Association
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Folklore Society
    International Anthropology Congress
    National Academy of Sciences (1959)
    National Research Council Board of Biological Sciences (1923)
    Royal Anthropological Institute Honorary Fellow
    Royal Netherlands Geographical Society Honorary Fellow
    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
    Guggenheim Fellowship (1937-38)
    Stroke 18-Jan-1963
    Jewish Ancestry

Author of books:
Economic Transition in Africa (1964)
The Human Factor in Changing Africa (1962)
Continuity and Change in African Culture (1959)
The Myth of the Negro Past (1941)
Economic Life of Primitive People (1940)
The American Negro (1928)
The Cattle Complex in East Africa (1923, PhD dissertation)


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