Everything you need to understand or teach Brave Companions by David McCullough.
Brave Companions is a volume of seventeen previously published articles and addresses about diverse people and events selected by historian David McCullough to inspire Americans to shake off their ambivalence towards and fight their ignorance of history, which has much to teach.
German-born naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt, travels through Spain's long-closed New World holdings, discovering and collecting new species, inspires many to study the natural sciences, including Louis Agassiz, but is remembered today only for discovering the Humboldt Current, which he insists he has merely described. Swiss-born Agassiz does seminal work on the Ice Age, comes to America to earn a fast dollar lecturing, and stays on to enliven Harvard University and encourage Americans to engage in science and learning. Having inspired Charles Darwin, Agassiz denounces his heresy, and loses his once-avid following. Harriet Beecher Stowe, a rebel against her father's Calvinism, has published a few pieces before...
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