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Race and the White Elephant War of 1884

Adam Green - October 11, 2017 in Adam Forepaugh, circus history, Culture & History, elephants, Featured Articles, history of racist soap adverts, Light of Asia, P.T. Barnum, pears soap, race, racism, racist soap advert, Toung Taloung, white elephants, White Fraud, white supremacy

Feuding impresarios, a white-but-not-white-enough elephant, and racist ads for soap — Ross Bullen on how a bizarre episode in circus history became an unlikely forum for discussing 19th-century theories of race, and inadvertently laid bare the ideological constructions at their heart.

Race and the White Elephant War of 1884

Adam Green - October 11, 2017 in Adam Forepaugh, circus history, Culture & History, elephants, Featured Articles, history of racist soap adverts, Light of Asia, P.T. Barnum, pears soap, race, racism, racist soap advert, Toung Taloung, white elephants, White Fraud, white supremacy

Feuding impresarios, a white-but-not-white-enough elephant, and racist ads for soap — Ross Bullen on how a bizarre episode in circus history became an unlikely forum for discussing 19th-century theories of race, and inadvertently laid bare the ideological constructions at their heart.

Human Forms in Nature: Ernst Haeckel’s Trip to South Asia and Its Aftermath

Adam Green - September 13, 2017 in Art & Illustrations, art forms in nature, biology, ceylon, Darwinism, ernst haeckel, eugenics, Kunstformen der Natur, race, racism, Science, Science & Medicine, sri lanka

An early promoter and populariser of Darwin's evolutionary theory, the German biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel was a hugely influential figure of the late 19th century. Bernd Brunner looks at how a trip to Sri Lanka sowed the seeds for not only Haeckel's majestic illustrations from his Art Forms in Nature, for which he is perhaps best known today, but also his disturbing ideas on race and eugenics.

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Infographics of African-American Life (1900)

Adam Green - February 7, 2017 in 1900 World's Fair in Paris, african-american, data visualisation, infographics, paris exhibition, race, racism, sociology, The Exhibit of American Negroes, W. E. B. Du Bois

Stunning hand-drawn charts created by Du Bois and his students at Atlanta, condensing an enormous amount of data on African-American life into a set of aesthetically daring and easily digestible visualisations.

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Hand-Drawn Infographics of African-American Life (1900)

Adam Green - February 7, 2017 in 1900 World's Fair in Paris, 19th-century infographics, african-american, charts, civil rights, data visualisation, graphic design, infographics, paris exhibition, race, sociology, The Exhibit of American Negroes, vintage infographics, W. E. B. Du Bois

Visually dazzling set of hand-drawn charts created by Du Bois, condensing an enormous amount of data on African-American life into aesthetically daring and easily digestible visualisations.