By Tamara Miner Haygood
"Provides an interesting and illuminating view of the tradition of the South and the research of usual historical past. . . . Ravenel's achievements, Haygood argues, refute Clement Eaton's competition that slavery stifled artistic notion; in addition they alter the extra extravagant declare for southern equality with northern technology made in Thomas Cary Johnson's medical pursuits within the outdated South (1936)." —American historic Review"Convincingly argues for the significance of those heart years to realizing American technological know-how and vividly illustrates the influence of the Civil struggle on technological know-how. . . . Ravenel, a geographically remoted planter with a faculty measure yet no clinical education, controlled to function one in all America's top mycologists, regardless of continuous monetary and clinical difficulties and the disruption of the Civil conflict. This full of life account of his existence and paintings is right away inspiring and tragic." magazine of the heritage of Biology"A completely stress-free biography of 1 of the $64000 American naturalists, botanists, and mycologists of the 1800s. . . . really a superb contribution to the heritage of yankee science." —Brittonia
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There he fell one summer into the pleasant habit of gathering with four or five other young men to make late-evening rounds of the neighborhood, serenading the eligible young ladies. Frederick Porcher and Ravenel played the flute to accompany the others, who sang. Out of politeness they gave their musical attentions to all the young ladies, though the more beautiful or charming received the best songs and longer serenades. 35 Although the students of 18291832 were comparatively peaceable, Thomas Cooper, president of the university, was not.
45 When he graduated from college Ravenel was not yet a botanist, however, and probably had no idea of the turn his life would shortly take. 46 The second Thursday of every month, for example, was dedicated Page 22 to the meetings of the Saint John's Hunting Club. Ravenel, his father, and his brothers were members of this all-male organization. For men of the Ravenels' social stratum, membership conveyed no great distinction, for ordinarily every planter within ten miles was a member. The club was formed in 1800, modeled on a similar organization in Saint Stephen's Parish.
Many of Ravenel's colleagues in science received preliminary training in medical study. 45 When he graduated from college Ravenel was not yet a botanist, however, and probably had no idea of the turn his life would shortly take. 46 The second Thursday of every month, for example, was dedicated Page 22 to the meetings of the Saint John's Hunting Club. Ravenel, his father, and his brothers were members of this all-male organization. For men of the Ravenels' social stratum, membership conveyed no great distinction, for ordinarily every planter within ten miles was a member.