Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)
He was the German-born explorer of South and Central America, later hailed as a second Columbus for rediscovering America; he outstrips all earlier naturalists in the quantity and quality of the data he collects and the childlike enthusiasm with which he describes, publicizes, and popularizes the natural sciences.
Louis Agassiz (1807-73)
He was a Swiss-born pioneer in the study of the Ice Age, who came to the New World to restore his financial fortunes and meet important people in 1846.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-96)
She was born in Litchfield, CT, the daughter of a Calvinist preacher whom she loves, but whose "glacial" doctrines she could not abide; she was married to another preacher by whom she bears eight children and frequently leaves to care for them while taking water cures and visiting relatives.
The future Rough Rider and U.S. President is depicted...
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