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Intellectual and Cultural History of the United States, 1890-1945—E-Seminar 2, The Search for a Scientific Culture
Resource Type: E-Seminar
Taught by: Casey Nelson Blake


By the end of the nineteenth century, science and technology were exerting a tremendous influence on life in the United States. In this second e-seminar of the series, Casey Nelson Blake explores why Darwin's ideas seemed so revolutionary and how Darwinism helped to move the United States toward a more secular and scientific modern culture.
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Document-Based QuestionsDocument-Based QuestionsTeaching ActivitiesTeaching Activities

1. Scientific Advances and Thinking

2. Social Darwinism: Its Influence and Legacy




1. Science and Religion

2. Social and Political Darwinism



Point-CounterpointPoint-CounterpointClassroom SimulationsClassroom Simulations

1. Science and Religion

2. Social Darwinism




1. Social Darwinism





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