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Science and the Social Good: Nature, Culture, and Community, 1865-1965

John P. Herron


From the beginnings of industrial capitalism to contemporary disputes over evolution, nature has long been part of the public debate over the social good. As such, many natural scientists throughout American history have understood their work as a cultural activity contributing to social stability, and their field as a powerful tool for enhancing the quality of American life. In the late Victorian era, interwar period, and post-war decades, massive social change, economic collapse and recovery, and the aftermath of war, prompted natural scientists to offer up a civic-minded natural science con ... More

Keywords: social good, industrial capitalism, evolution, natural scientists, American history, social stability, late Victorian era, interwar period, post-war decades, social change

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195383546
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383546.001.0001


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John P. Herron, author
University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Part I Clarence King and the Mapping of the Western Landscape

Part II Robert Marshall and the Redefinition of Progress

Part III Rachel Carson and the Social Enterprise of American Biology