In the decades before the Civil War, Charleston, South Carolina, enjoyed recognition as the center of scientific activity in the South. By 1850, only three other cities in the United States--Philadelphia, Boston, and New York--exceeded Charleston in natural history studies, and the city boasted an excellent museum of natural history. Examining the scientific activities and contributions of John Bachman, Edmund Ravenel, John Edwards Holbrook, Lewis R. Gibbes, Francis S. Holmes, and John McCrady, Lester Stephens uncovers the important achievements of Charleston's circle of naturalists in a region that has conventionally been dismissed as largely devoid of scientific interests. Stephens devotes particular attention to the special problems faced by the Charleston naturalists and to the ways in which their religious and racial beliefs interacted with and shaped their scientific pursuits. In the end, he shows, cultural commitments proved stronger than scientific principles. When the South seceded from the Union in 1861, the members of the Charleston circle placed regional patriotism above science and union and supported the Confederate cause. The ensuing war had a devastating impact on the Charleston naturalists--and on science in the South. The Charleston circle never fully recovered from the blow, and a century would elapse before the South took an equal role in the pursuit of mainstream scientific research.
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Descrizione libro The University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: CONTENTS Preface Acknowledgments Scientific Terms Used in This Work 1. In a Singular Place 2. Exalting Two Books 3. In the Shadow of Audubon 4. Treasures of Earth and Sea 5. A Low Class of Animals 6. From Alpha to Omega 7. Ancient Animals 8. Passionate Pursuits 9. Hyenas and Hybrids 10. The Jawbone of an Ass 11. The Broken Circle 12. Last Links Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index IllustrationsCharleston, 1851 Frontispiece John Bachman Four species of shrews John James Audubon Edmund Ravenel Fossil echinoderms John Edwards Holbrook Blanding's turtle Lewis Reeve Gibbes Dwarf waterdog Francis Simmons Holmes Fossil gastropod shells John McCrady Two species of hydromedusae Samuel George Morton Louis Agassiz Josiah Clark Nott. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0807825182
Descrizione libro The University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0807825182
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Descrizione libro The University of North Caroli, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110807825182
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Descrizione libro Univ of North Carolina Pr, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 1st edition. 360 pages. 9.75x6.00x1.00 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria 0807825182