The Scull Measurer's Mistake, and Other Portraits of Men and Women Who Spoke Out Against Racism
New York: The New Press 1997. "Antirasister" (1995) translated from the Swedish by Joan Tate.
On the cover:
"Often the history of racism is reduced to the study of racists. Less well known are the stories of those who argued and fought against prejudice and persecution. In this unique book, Sven Lindqvist, Swedish author of internationally acclaimed books on Africa, China and Latin America, profiles more than twenty nineteenth century men and women who, while not themselves victims of racism, went against the temper of the time to expose the many faces of prejudice.
Well-documented and rich in anecdote, Lindqvists book shows how racist arguments emerged - and re-emerged - over time. At the book's core is Lindqvists belief that knowledge of past debates about racism can help us defeat it now."
Writes David Levering Lewis: "The Scull Measurer's Mistake is a remarkable intellectual experience, a cavalcade of human rights integrity streaking across 250 years of bad faith, bad science and execrable social policy. It should be compulsory reading in every high school and college in America."
The 22 antiracists: Benjamin Franklin 1764. Granville Sharp 1774. Georg Lichtenberg 1778. James Ramsay 1784. Henri Grégoire 1789. Thomas Winterbottom 1803. Friedrich Tiedemann 1837. William Howitt 1838. Alexis de Tocqueville 1840. Charles Anderson 1850. Raphael Pumpelly 1870. Langfield Ward 1874. Theodore Mommsen 1880. Helen Hunt 1881. George Cable 1885. William Babington 1895. Jacques Novicow 1897. Joseph Conrad 1897. Anatole Leroy-Beaulieu 1897. Mary Kingsley 1897. Theophilus Scholes 1899.