Ann Fabian


On her book The Skull Collectors: Race, Science, and America’s Unburied Dead

Cover Interview of December 15, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“I was curious about the skulls.  Whose?  Why?”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“In their anxious attention to the fate of Civil War dead, historians have overlooked a history of native dead.”

On the second:

“Skull collectors liked to boast that they were not tied down by the superstitions that hobbled ordinary men. Collecting helped them imagine themselves as men dedicated to science.”