The Anatomy of Blackness: Science & Slavery in an Age of Enlightenment
The Anatomy of Blackness charts the evolution of the concept of race in eighteenth-century France and Europe. Examining travelogues, natural histories, as well as pro- and anti-slavery tracts, this comprehensive study recounts the story of how a number of now-forgotten anatomists slowly revolutionized the era’s understanding of black Africans . . . as well as the justification of slavery.