Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Galton Society Of New York

Organized in 1918 in New York by Charles Davenport and Madison Grant (1865-1937), the society was dedicated to the study of racial anthropology. This was a small but politically influential group that also included H. F. Osborn, William King Gregory (1876-1970), John C. Merriam (1869-1945), Edward L. Thorndike (1874-1949), Frederick A. Wood (1873-1939), and R. M. Yerkes. This group was active during the first two decades of the twentieth century, and influenced Ellis Island policy, culminating in the US Immigration Restriction Act of 1924.

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