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The Red Man's Continent: A Chronicle of Aboriginal America (1919). World-power and Evolution (1919). The Secret of the Big Trees: Yosemite Sequoia and General Grant National Parks (1921). Climatic Changes with Stephen Sargent Visher (1922). Works by Ellsworth Huntington at Project Gutenberg.

Huntington, Ellsworth, 1876-1947. Book digitized by Google and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. Each plate accompanied by guard sheet with descriptive letterpress. Human geography, Physical geography, Indians of North America.

Home Browse Books Book details, The Red Man's Continent: A Chronicle o. .In writing this book the author has aimed first to present in readable form the main facts about the geographical environment of American history.The Red Man's Continent: A Chronicle of Aboriginal America. By Ellsworth Huntington. Many important facts have been omitted or have been touched upon only lightly because they are generally familiar. On the other hand, special stress has been laid on certain broad phases of geography which are comparatively unfamiliar.

The red man's continent. Chapter I. the approaches to america. Across the twilight lawn at Hampton Institute straggles a group of sturdy young men with copper hued complexions. Their day has been devoted to farming, carpentry, blacksmithing, or some other trade. Their evening will be given to study. Those silent dignified Indians with straight black hair and broad, strong features are training their hands and minds in the hope that some day they may stand beside the white man as equals

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Ellsworth Huntington. This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.

America is the last great goal of these migrations. He who would understand its history must know its mountains and plains, its climate, its products, and its relation to the sea and to other parts of the world. He must know more than this, however, for he must appreciate how various environments alter man's energy and capacity and give his character a slant in one direction or another. He must also know the paths by which the inhabitants have reached their present homes, for the influence of former environments.

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I give this book 5 stars because it is well-written and scholarly. It's not something one can sail through as much of the text is socially- and anthropologically-oriented. Having said that, I must issue a caveat regarding the time period in which it was written. There are many references regarding race and ethnicity which, by today's standards, are racist, stereotypical, and untrue. If one keeps this in mind while reading this book, the scholarly writing will eclipse the bygone racist conclusions that a person in today's world should, and must, ignore as archaic and incredulous babblings of a bygone era.
The first thing to realize is that TWO-THIRDS of this is GEOGRAPHY. The first 1,000 words out of 1498 basically describe terrain, climate, etc. For reasons mentioned below I just quickly skimmed this.

I realized this was quite old, but it's even older than I thought and the parts about Native Americans are quite unscientific. Regarding the following excerpt, I need to first point out that he's wrong about "three streams". Relatively recent population genetics studies have show that roughly HALF of the Native American peoples came from EUROPE and have NO Asian DNA.

Here is an excerpt from near the beginning (before the geography part), emphasis added:

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... Three streams of migration have mainly determined the history of America. One was an ancient and comparatively insignificant stream from Asia. It brought the Indian to the two great continents which the white man has now practically wrested from him. A second and later stream was the great tide which rolled in from Europe. It is as different from the other as West is from East. Thus far it has not wholly obliterated the native people, for between the southern border of the United States on the one hand, and the northern borders of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay on the other, the vast proportion of the blood is still Indian. The European tide may in time dominate even this region, but for centuries to come the poor, disinherited Indians will continue to form the bulk of the population. The third stream flowed from Africa and was as different from either of the others as South is from North.

The differences between one and another of these three streams of population and the antagonisms which they have involved have greatly colored American history. THE INDIAN, THE EUROPEAN, AND THE NEGRO APPARENTLY DIFFER NOT ONLY IN OUTWARD APPEARANCE BUT IN THE MUCH MORE IMPORTANT MATTER OF MENTALITY. According to Brinton * the average brain capacity of Parisians, including adults of both sexes, is 1448 cubic centimeters. That of the American Indian is 1376, and that of the Negro 1344 cubic centimeters. WITH THIS DIFFERENCE IN SIZE THERE APPEARS TO BE A CORRESPONDING DIFFERENCE IN FUNCTION. Thus far not enough accurate tests have been made upon Indians to enable us to draw reliable conclusions. THE NEGRO, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN TESTED ON AN EXTENSIVE SCALE. THE RESULTS SEEM TO LEAVE LITTLE DOUBT THAT THERE ARE REAL AND MEASURABLE DIFFERENCES IN THE MENTAL POWERS OF RACES, just as we know to be the case among individuals. The matter is so important that we may well dwell on it a moment before turning to the cause of the differences in the three streams of American immigrants. IF THERE IS A MEASURABLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE INHERENT BRAIN POWER OF THE WHITE RACE AND THE BLACK, it is practically certain that there are also measurable differences between the white and the red.

* D. G. Brinton. "The American Race."

NUMEROUS TESTS INDICATE THAT IN THE LOWER MENTAL POWERS THERE IS NO GREAT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BLACK AND THE WHITE. In physical reactions one is as quick as the other. In the capacity of the senses and in the power to perceive and to discriminate between different kinds of objects there is also practical equality. WHEN IT COMES TO THE HIGHER FACULTIES, HOWEVER, SUCH AS JUDGMENT, INVENTIVENESS, AND THE POWER OF ORGANIZATION, A DIFFERENCE BEGINS TO BE APPARENT. THESE, AS FERGUSON * SAYS, ARE THE TRAITS THAT "DIVIDE MANKIND INTO THE ABLE AND THE MEDIOCRE, THE BRILLIANT AND THE DULL, AND THEY DETERMINE THE PROGRESS OF CIVILIZATION MORE DIRECTLY THAN DO THE SIMPLE FUNDAMENTAL POWERS WHICH MAN HAS IN COMMON WITH THE LOWER ANIMALS." ON THE BASIS OF THE MOST EXHAUSTIVE STUDY YET MADE, FERGUSON BELIEVES THAT, APART FROM ALL DIFFERENCES DUE TO HOME TRAINING AND ENVIRONMENT, THE AVERAGE INTELLECTUAL POWER OF THE COLORED PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY IS ONLY ABOUT THREE-FOURTHS AS GREAT AS THAT OF WHITE PERSONS OF THE SAME AMOUNT OF TRAINING. HE BELIEVES IT PROBABLE, INDEED, THAT THIS ESTIMATE IS TOO HIGH RATHER THAN TOO LOW. As to the Indian, his past achievements and present condition indicate that intellectually he stands between the white man and the Negro in about the position that would be expected from the capacity of his brain. If this is so, the mental differences in the three streams of migration to America are fully as great as the outward and manifest physical differences and far more important.

* G. O. Fergason. The Psychology of the Negro," New York, 1916.

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I want to be clear about this: I didn't see anything in the small portion I read indicating that Huntington said these things because he was a racist. He was writing common beliefs among scientists and others of his time.

This might be useful as source on "history of science", but given the above material, I doubt any conclusions would hold much weight by modern standards.
I found the book interesting because it is the first book that I have read regarding the history of the American Indians.
More geography than anything. Good read.