By Scott Tribble
In October 1869, employees unearthed what a petrified ten-foot substantial on a distant farm in upstate manhattan. the invention prompted a sensation, and over the subsequent a number of months, newspapers committed day-by-day headlines to the tale and tens of hundreds of thousands of usa citizens flocked to determine the enormous on exhibition. finally, the invention proved to be an complex hoax. nonetheless, the tale of the Cardiff immense unearths many stuff approximately the United States within the post-Civil struggle years. the tale of the Cardiff large sheds gentle on a classy, mysterious earlier.
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Thurlow Weed, for one, recalled slitting a cat’s throat and tracking the spatter of blood in his youth. 6 Economic and social factors also played a role in the concentration of religious intensity. The completion of the Erie Canal in the 1820s dramatically transformed rural communities in central and western New York. Seemingly overnight, small towns and villages—where religious fervor later expressed itself most intensely—developed stable agrarian economies. Cross argued that mature markets permitted New Yorkers to devote more time and attention to spiritual matters.
Throughout much of the antebellum period, most American colleges offered courses in physics, chemistry, astronomy, botany, mineralogy, geology, and zoology, but budding scientists, for the most part, learned in the classroom, rather than in the laboratory or in the field. At the same time, texts were predominantly European, as American scientific disciplines lacked their own definitive manuals. No graduate-level instruction was available, and, rather than cultivating limited specialties, early colleges emphasized broad knowledge across multiple scientific fields.
In this respect, the scientific community was no better than malevolent secret societies, which threatened the open and inclusive spirit of American democracy. One writer to the Baltimore Patriot criticized the attempt of a local medical convention to limit entry: “While any one who may have learned to rehearse the writings of the ancients in their original language by rote, and to write a prescription thus . . D. ” Perhaps more damningly, the public regarded scientists as impractical buffoons.