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FEL-272945-21Research Programs: FellowshipsBarbara Sue WeinsteinAn Intellectual Biography of Historian Frank Tannenbaum (1893-1969)1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022$60,000.00BarbaraSueWeinstein   New York UniversityNew YorkNY10012-1019USA2020Latin American HistoryFellowshipsResearch Programs600000600000

Research and writing leading to an intellectual biography of Frank Tannenbaum (1893-1969), an influential scholar of Latin American history and longtime professor at Columbia University.

My project is an intellectual biography of the historian, criminologist, and social critic Frank Tannenbaum. Best known for his 1946 book Slave and Citizen, a pioneering discussion of race in the Americas, Tannenbaum contributed to an extraordinary range of scholarly and political debates, and authored foundational texts on the Mexican Revolution and on criminal identity. My study of his life and work focuses on the connections between his early years as an anarchist militant, which led to his spending 12 months in prison before attending college, and the originality and range of his scholarly production. I suggest that even after he moved into a position as a professor of Latin American history at Columbia and began shifting to the right on the political spectrum, these early experiences as an activist and auto-didact informed his intellectual perspective and allowed him to formulate highly original arguments that had a profound impact on several different fields of research.