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Mischievous creatures : the forgotten sisters who transformed early American science / Catherine McNeur.

McNeur, Catherine, (author.).

"In Mischievous Creatures, historian Catherine McNeur uncovers the lives and work of Margaretta Hare Morris and Elizabeth Carrington Morris, sisters and scientists in early America. Margaretta, an entomologist, was famous among her peers and the public for her research on seventeen-year cicadas and other troublesome insects. Elizabeth, a botanist, was a prolific illustrator and a trusted supplier of specimens to the country's leading experts. Together, their discoveries helped fuel the growth and professionalization of science in antebellum America. But these very developments confined women in science to underpaid and underappreciated roles for generations to follow, erasing the Morris sisters' contributions along the way. Mischievous Creatures is an indelible portrait of two unsung pioneers, one that places women firmly at the center of the birth of American science"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781541674172
  • ISBN: 1541674170
  • Physical Description: ix, 418 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-405) and index.
Subject: Morris, Margaretta Hare, 1797-1867.
Morris, Elizabeth Carrington, 1795-1865.
Botanists > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > Biography.
Entomologists > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > Biography.
Women scientists > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > Biography.
Women scientists > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > History > 19th century.
Scientists > United States > History > 19th century.
Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.) > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity 509.2 MCN 2023 (Text) 31001101926013 Adult Non Fiction Checked Out 06/21/2024

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