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William Pidgeon proposes a vanished race in 1852.

Traditions of De-coo-dah and antiquarian researches by William Pidgeon

Pidgeon exemplifies 19th-century white writers who could not believe that Native Americans had created the archaeological remains they saw around them. In this book, which a modern historian has called a "crazy masterpiece of pseudoscience," he attempts to prove that a vanished race, culturally superior to and existing earlier than the American Indians, occupied the continent first. His book was a well-known example of the erroneous "Mound Builder" school of amateur investigation, marked by racist assumptions, fabricated evidence, and flawed conclusions.

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Related Topics: Early Native Peoples
First Peoples
Effigy Mounds Culture
Creator: Pidgeon, William
Pub Data: New York : H. Thayer, 1852
Citation: Pidegon, William. Traditions of De-coo-dah and antiquarian researches: comprising extensive explorations, surveys ... (New York : H. Thayer, 1852). Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/16/2014
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