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Larson, Edward J. (Edward John)

Overview
Works: 76 works in 276 publications in 2 languages and 22,109 library holdings
Genres: History  Trials, litigation, etc  Biography  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker
Classifications: KF224.S3, 345.730288
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Edward J Larson
Summer for the Gods : the Scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion by Edward J Larson( Book )

36 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 3,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws from new archival material, as well as historical and legal analysis to examine the many facets of the Scopes trial of 1925 in which the American Civil Liberties Union challenged a controversial Tennessee law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools, and considers the impact of that trial on the continuing debate between religion and science
Trial and error : the American controversy over creation and evolution by Edward J Larson( Book )

31 editions published between 1985 and 2003 in English and held by 2,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An example of how changing public opinion and judicial doctrine affected both sides' fortunes in this lively controversy
Evolution : the remarkable history of a scientific theory by Edward J Larson( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Larson traces the history of the contentious concept of evolution from Darwin's predecessors, like Cuvier and Lyell, to his early advocates, like Asa Gray and Thomas Huxley, and "postm odern" advocates such as Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins
A magnificent catastrophe : the tumultuous election of 1800, America's first presidential campaign by Edward J Larson( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 1800 presidential election, the last great contest of the founding period, was so convulsive and so momentous for American democracy that Jefferson would later dub it "America's second revolution." America's first true presidential campaign gave birth to our two-party system and etched the lines of partisanship that have shaped American politics ever since. The contest featured two of our most beloved Founding Fathers, once warm friends, facing off as the heads of their two still-forming parties--the hot-tempered but sharp-minded John Adams, and the eloquent yet enigmatic Thomas Jefferson. Blistering accusations flew: Adams and his elitist Federalists would squelch liberty and impose a British-style monarchy; Jefferson and his radically democratizing Republicans would throw the country into chaos and debase the role of religion in American life. Historian Larson vividly re-creates the tension as Congress was forced to meet in closed session to resolve the outcome.--From publisher description
Evolution's workshop : God and science on the Galápagos Islands by Edward J Larson( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Charles Darwin landed on the Galapagos Islands in 1835, he was the first to recognize that their isolation and desolation were advantages for a naturalist: Here the workings of nature are laid bare for study. Still, much more happened on these islands than Darwin's lone visit. Evolution's Workshop describes how specimen-hunting and science have supported each other (or not) on the Galapagos over the past three centuries. In lucid prose, Edward Larson introduces the extraordinary parade of top researchers who have studied on the islands, the warring institutions that have sent expeditions, and the major discoveries that have emerged as a result. He shows why these islands have been called the workshop of evolution: It is here that the tools and blueprints of nature are visible, and here that the great theories have been built."--Jacket
An empire of ice : Scott, Shackleton, and the heroic age of Antarctic science by Edward J Larson( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published to coincide with the centenary of the first expeditions to reach the South Pole, An Empire of Ice presents a new take on Antarctic exploration. Retold with added information, it's the first book to place the famed voyages of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, his British rivals Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and others in a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context. Efficient, well prepared, and focused solely on the goal of getting to his destination and back, Amundsen has earned his place in history as the first to reach the South Pole. Scott, meanwhile, has been reduced in the public mind to a dashing incompetent who stands for little more than relentless perseverance in the face of inevitable defeat. This book offers a new perspective by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow.--From publisher description
The return of George Washington : 1783-1789 by Edward J Larson( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Edward J. Larson recovers a crucially important--yet almost always overlooked--chapter of George Washington's life, revealing how Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as our first president. After leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, Washington shocked the world: he retired. In December 1783, the most powerful man in the country stepped down as Commander in Chief and returned to private life. Yet as Washington contentedly grew his estate, the fledgling American experiment floundered. Under the Articles of Confederation, the weak central government was unable to raise revenue to pay its debts or reach a consensus on national policy. The states bickered and grew apart. When a Constitutional Convention was established to address these problems, the other Founding Fathers realized that only one man could unite the fractious states: George Washington. Reluctant, but duty-bound, Washington rode to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to preside over the Convention. Although Washington is often overlooked in most accounts of the period, this new history brilliantly uncovers Washington's vital role in shaping the Convention--and shows how it was only with Washington's support and his willingness to serve as President that the states were brought together and ratified the Constitution, thereby saving the country.--From publisher description
The history of science and religion in the Western tradition : an encyclopedia by Gary B Ferngren( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning 5th Century Greece to today, this volume describes the relationship of science and religion throughout history. From ancient cosmology to modern physics, every major intellectual movement and discipline is covered
The Scopes trial : a photographic history by Edward Caudill( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marking the 75th anniversary of the famed Monkey Trial over teaching evolution in the public schools of Dayton, Tennessee, photographs present images of the main players, dramatic events during the twelve-day trial, and of townspeople and visitors
Sex, race, and science : eugenics in the deep South by Edward J Larson( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first book to explore the theory and practice of eugenics in the American South, Edward Larson shows how the quest for "strong bloodlines" expressed itself in specific state laws and public policies from the Progressive Era through World War II. Presenting new evidence of race-based and gender-based eugenic practices in the past, Larson also explores issues that remain controversial today - including state control over sexuality and reproduction, the rights of disabled persons and of ethnic minorities, and the moral and legal questions raised by new discoveries in genetics and medicine
The Constitutional Convention : a narrative history : from the notes of James Madison by James Madison( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1787, the American union was in disarray. The incompatible demands of the separate states threatened its existence; some states were even in danger of turning into the kind of tyranny they had so recently deposed. A truly national government was needed, one that could raise money, regulate commerce, and defend the states against foreign threats-without becoming as overbearing as England. So thirty-six-year-old James Madison believed. That summer, the Virginian was instrumental in organizing the Constitutional Convention, in which one of the world's greatest documents would be debated, created, and signed. Inspired by a sense of history in the making, he kept the most extensive notes of any attendee. Now two esteemed scholars have made these minutes accessible to everyone. Presented with modern punctuation and spelling, judicious cuts, and helpful notes-plus fascinating background information on every delegate and an overview of the tumultuous times-here is the great drama of how the Constitution came to be, from the opening statements to the final votes. --Publisher
The creation-evolution debate : historical perspectives by Edward J Larson( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few issues besides evolution have so strained Americans' professed tradition, of tolerance. Few historians besides Pulitzer Prize winner Edward J. Larson have so perceptively chronicled evolution's divisive presence on the American scene. This slim volume reviews the key aspects, current and historical, of the creation-evolution debate in the United States." "By looking at the changing motivations and backgrounds of the stakeholders in the creation-evolution debate - clergy, scientists, lawmakers, educators, and others - Larson promotes a more nuanced view of the question than most of us have. This is no incidental benefit for Larson's readers; it is one of the book's driving purposes. If we cede the debate to those who would frame it simplistically rather than embrace its complexity, warns Larson, we will not advance beyond the naive regard of organized religion as the enemy of intellectual freedom or the equally myopic myth of the scientist as courageous loner willing to die for the truth."--Jacket
A different death : euthanasia & the Christian tradition by Edward J Larson( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fueled by controversies surrounding right-to-die activists, the debate over euthanasia occupies central stage in today's social arena. Christians have long been concerned with this issue, but A Different Death is the first comprehensive attempt to consider it in its historical, legal, ethical and theological aspects
The theory of evolution a history of controversy by Edward J Larson( Recording )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This course is an enriching examination of the varied elements that so often make this science the object of strong sentiments and heated debate
Euthanasia : spiritual, medical & legal issues in terminal health care by Beth Spring( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beth Spring and Ed Larson provide an eye-opening overview of the debate over euthanasia, which soon may rival abortion controversy. Their helpful assessment of current theological, medical, social, and legal attitudes toward the dying, graphically illustrated by actual case studies, underscores the ethical dilemma we now face"--Back cover
A magnificent catastrophe the tumultuous election of 1800, America's first presidential campaign by Edward J Larson( )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retelling of the presidential election campaign between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson describes the fierce rivalry that was called "America's Second Revolution" and reveals the pivotal roles played by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
The theory of evolution a history of controversy by Edward J Larson( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twelve lectures by Edward J. Larson on human evolution
A magnificent catastrophe by Edward J Larson( Recording )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retelling of the presidential election campaign between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson describes the fierce rivalry that was called "America's Second Revolution" and reveals the pivotal roles played by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
An empire of ice by Edward J Larson( Recording )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward J. Larson presents a fascinating new take on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century, placing them within a larger scientific, social, and geopolitical context
The essential words and writings of Clarence Darrow by Clarence Darrow( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Languages
English (193)

Chinese (1)

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Trial and error : the American controversy over creation and evolutionEvolution : the remarkable history of a scientific theoryA magnificent catastrophe : the tumultuous election of 1800, America's first presidential campaignEvolution's workshop : God and science on the Galápagos IslandsAn empire of ice : Scott, Shackleton, and the heroic age of Antarctic scienceThe history of science and religion in the Western tradition : an encyclopediaThe Scopes trial : a photographic historySex, race, and science : eugenics in the deep South