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It would serve as an excellent means of publicity, drawing crowds and generating more gate receipts. He predicted that the anthropology displays would receive more press coverage than any other part of the fair. Secondly, it would be a quest: As the representatives of the Company go out into the barbarous world to secure peoples from the various tribes for exhibition here, their movements, the obstacles they meet, the difﬁculties they overcome, the dangers with which they are confronted, the hardships and privations they endure, their failures and successes, will all be subjects of legitimate news, eagerly sought by newspapers everywhere.
In 1894, McGee and sociologist Lester Ward had published papers in the Smithsonian Annual Report that offended Langley. McGee’s paper, “The Earth, the Home of Man,” had been a lecture outlining his ideological beliefs about nature and the environment, his interpretation of what constituted life and how it began, and his holistic vision of human beings as part of the natural world. McGee also included his views on how humans differed in intelligence and sensitivity from other life forms through their control of ﬁre and technology.
To] serve as a basis for Organizing the Louisiana Purchase Exposition | 23 scientiﬁc thought . . ” But these objects needed to be properly displayed to fulﬁll this education function. ”11 Goode’s maxim provided clear organizational guidance, but nothing for exhibition form and style. S. National Museum: the mind-stultifying glass cases stuffed with artifacts, arranged to reveal presumed evolutionary sequences. Boas argued such arrangements were specious because the underlying typological assumptions were invalid.