The motivation for the brain collection was to document how some people were supposedly lower on the evolutionary ladder than others.
Maura was brought from the Philippines to the U.S. in 1904 to take part in one of the public displays of indigenous people at the St. Louis World’s Fair.
These human specimens were collected in large part to dramatize how non-white peoples were supposedly lower on the evolutionary ladder than whites.
This was supposed to be of scientific interest, educating visitors in the evolutionary doctrine that placed Africans in close relationship to apes.
Darwin-inspired eugenics and racial pseudoscience are like some sort of insidious, and hideous, household pest.