Putting Down Roots: Foundations of Botany at Carolina
From the Publisher: This book traces the development of the academic discipline of botany at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1792 to 1982. Coverage of the professors who taught botany during UNC’s
first century includes their biographical background, pedagogical style, scientific instruction, and contributions
to science. The academic influences that each of these educators had on Carolina are also noted. The
concluding chapter, constituting about one-sixth of the volume, describes the UNC Department of Botany,
established in 1908. The principal focus of this chapter is the department’s accomplishments, its faculty, and
its graduate students.
Several significant themes are woven through the text, particularly for the 1800s: the University Museum,
the idea of establishing a model farm, the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society, the emergence of laboratory practice
in the curriculum, the University Library and the sciences, and the campus landscape and its beautification.
Included among the noteworthy milestones of the university and of Chapel Hill are the first woman to teach
botany, the early history of the freedmen’s school for Black children, and the establishment of the campus’s
first chemical teaching laboratory.
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