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September 16, 1939

The American Criminal: An Anthropological Study

JAMA. 1939;113(12):1155. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370071034

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For some years Professor Hooton and his students have been making an anthropologic study of criminals. They have been visiting penal institutions in a number of states and have been surveying the inmates from the standpoint of their anthropologic backgrounds with relationship to the specific crimes they have committed. In his earlier semipopular summary "Crime and the Man," Hooton brought out the fact that there are differences between the old American stock, the immigrant of various stocks and the Negro offenders with regard to their criminal behavior. Some of their conclusions agreed with what criminologists have always believed, others have been conflictual. The present report, on the native white criminal of native parentage, is an expansion of part of "Crime and the Man" intended apparently for serious students of the subject having a highly technical anthropologic background. About half of the volume is devoted to discussing general principles and the

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