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.
Early Native 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).
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