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Title Mr. Jefferson and the giant moose : natural history in early America / Lee Alan Dugatkin.
Author Dugatkin, Lee Alan, 1962- author.
Publication Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Copyright date ©2019
Edition Paperback edition.
Description xii, 166 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 508.09 D
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-158) and index.
Summary Capturing the essence of the origin and evolution of the so-called "degeneracy debates," over whether the flora and fauna of America (including Native Americans) were naturally weaker and feebler than species elsewhere in the world, this book chronicles Thomas Jefferson's efforts to counter French conceptions of American degeneracy, culminating in his sending of a stuffed moose to Buffon.
Contents "Dictatorial powers of the botanical gentlemen of Europe" -- The count's degenerate America -- "Noxious vapors and corrupt juices" -- "Not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting" -- "Geniuses which adorn the present age" -- Enter the moose -- Thirty-seven-pound frogs and Patagonian giants -- Extracting the "tapeworm of Europe" from our brain.
Subject Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Knowledge and learning.
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de, 1707-1788 -- Attitudes.
Degeneration -- Environmental aspects -- America -- Historiography -- 18th century.
Human beings -- Effect of environment on -- America.
Life sciences -- History -- 18th century.
ISBN 022663910X (paperback) :
9780226639109 (paperback) :

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