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Brown, Chandos Michael 1954-

Works: 4 works in 18 publications in 1 language and 839 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Thesis advisor
Classifications: Q143.S56, B
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Most widely held works by Chandos Michael Brown
Benjamin Silliman : a life in the young republic by Chandos Michael Brown( )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poet, essayist, chemist, geologist, educator, entrepreneur, publisher--Benjamin Silliman (1779-1864) was one of the virtuosi of the Early Republic and a founder of the American scientific community. This absorbing biography is not only a study of the youth and early career of a complex and remarkable man but also a window on his times. In lively and often moving detail, Chandos Michael Brown opens the broad context of Silliman's life in his native Connecticut. From Silliman's father's disastrous captivity among the British during the Revolution to the intensities of New England religious revivals, from the international celebrity of the Weston Meteor to the economic hazards of introducing artificial mineral waters to the New York market, here is an engaging portrayal of the growth of an American scientist within his rich cultural setting. Brown tells how the young Silliman confronted the declining fortunes of his distinguished family and how he strove to invent a new career worthy of his ambition and social standing. He describes Silliman's education at Yale College and in Philadelphia, his European tour, and his subsequent activities as a professor of chemistry and mineralogy, founder of the Yale Medical School, and editor of the American Journal of Science. Throughout this cultural biography, Silliman appears as the concerned member of an often troubled family--a man who nonetheless managed to achieve that elusive quality, greatly admired by his contemporaries, that of the representative American. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The not-so-public history of Colonial Williamsburg's port resident-ferrykeepers : interpreting the Moody family of Capitol Landing, 1715-1781 by Angela Maria Scott( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Morbid love : American decadence in the 1890s by Nicolette Gable( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation engages with a neglected group of writers, artists, and intellectuals in the United States who identified with Decadence, a European literary and artistic movement. Decadence was a label, embraced by some, that refers to a state of art and literature that suggests the end of an Empire: luxurious, imitative, corrupt, sensuous, and ultimately worthless. Self-professed Decadents elevated artificiality, morbidity, sensuality, and pessimism. They also lived lives, both imaginary and real, of separation from the world, attempting to fully embody otherness as they watched the world change around them and anticipated the fall of civilization. I question how these supposedly foreign ideas worked in America, in a transatlantic conversation that reveals yet another aspect of the transition to modernity in America. I suggest morbid love as key to understanding the cultural work of Decadence, using it to mean both a love of illness and disease that the Decadents evidenced, as well as a love that in itself was doomed to death. In this dissertation I argue the following. First, I build on work establishing the existence of American Decadence by emphasizing the cultural engagement of Decadence despite its self-professed insularity and rarity. Second, I argue that Decadence in America exemplifies a particular moment in the intellectual histories of degeneration theory and sexuality that has been largely ignored. While most studies of degeneration theory emphasize the power of the theorists and the low social status of theorized, Decadents brought degeneration to the upper classes, the learned, those with cultural capital. They acted as both theorists and theorized. In terms of sexuality, Decadence created a space that fit into neither the standard acts paradigm, nor the following identity paradigm, suggesting that sexuality was a matter of artistic and aesthetic choice and taste. Third, I argue that these deviations from standard narratives show that American Decadents performed a political queerness that functioned as a cultural critique and created a space that complicates our understanding of the period. Each chapter of this dissertation explores an aspect of the Decadent cultural criticism, emphasizing the deliberate queerness, or morbidity as they would phrase it, of their stance. It is now standard in studies of structures to examine the construction of the normative condition (whiteness, heterosexuality, masculinity, etc.) rather than the deviant. I argue, however, that this approach automatically associates those with power as normative and those without as deviant. I hope in this work to complicate that narrative
'Nothing but a pack of boys:' : Preble's Boys and the culture of honor in the early naval officer corps, 1798-1825 by Roger A Bailey( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From the end of the War of 1812 through 1825, the US naval officer corps was plagued by a series of publicized tribunals and duels among its most prestigious officers. These men were members of the first generation of officers to be promoted to the rank of captain (rather than appointed to that rank upon entering the service), and their disputes and disciplinary problems were heavily influenced by the system of honor which dominated the early Navy. This paper analyzes the meaning of honor to the first generation of promoted captains and the role it played in facilitating conflicts between the officers. It will also examine the Navy's responses to these disputes, and the effects of dueling and tribunals on the Navy's reputation with the public
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Benjamin Silliman : a life in the young republic
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Brown, Chandos 1954-

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