Sometime between 1993-1995, I wrote a small paper about 19th Century Science and The Woman Question. It had to be for a gender studies class or something similar. I remember after looking up so many articles that I wanted to “do something” with it after class was over. So, I put it online with all of my notes and citations. Copyright was the furthest thing from my mind, I just wanted to share. It was attached to my AOL account; then, moved over to tripod/lycos.
Though the essay doesn’t talk about race much at all, it’s clear–I hope–that the women means white women. And the same questionable (downright screwy) methods used to justify sexism were used to justify racism. Reading 19th century magazine articles that discussed science and race—I can’t really describe the rage/anger that I felt. Something like this:
I think my head would have exploded if I tried to write about the 19th Century Science & The Negro.