“Savage” Man: Imagining Prehistory in 1873 – PDT3K – Modern History

We’re back with Public Domain Theater 3000, where we read public domain works because we can, and no one can sue us for it.

Continuing our Neolithic theme, today we’ve got an article from 1873 that attempts to describe our species’ prehistory. Yeah, it’s more than a little racist, but it also gives an interesting peak into the minds of 19th-century thinkers.

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Main Sources

N. A. H. (1873, December). “Savage Man.” The Century Magazine, 160-171.



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