Entre os participantes dessa controversia estao Leslie White e Alfred Kroeber. White, segundo Sahlins, defende que a Historia esta voltada para o estudo de "sequencias unicas de eventos localizados no tempo e espaco"; (28) enquanto a evolucao se refere a progressao de formas culturais diferentes.
He uses Alfred Kroeber's early twentieth-century observations of Yurok law to support the idea that the Yurok are representative of a system which considered crimes to be offenses against individuals, rather than against the larger society (174).
Du Bois rejected the Columbia Boasians--although she always remained friendly with Benedict--by leaving New York to do her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied with Boas students Alfred Kroeber and Robert Lowie.
A treaty between these two tribes was signed in 1958 by Alfred Kroeber, then president of the American Anthropological Association, and Talcott Parsons, then president of the American Sociological Association.