Historical Overview: The United States and Astronomy Until the 1860s

@inproceedings{Cottam2015HistoricalOT,
  title={Historical Overview: The United States and Astronomy Until the 1860s},
  author={Stella E. Cottam and W. Orchiston},
  year={2015}
}
Astronomy as an amateur recreation was entrenched in much of Western Europe by the eighteenth century, where there were the financial means, the knowledge base, the manufacture of tools and the genuine interest among those with the time to engage in such a recreation. It took most of the first half of the nineteenth century for this pastime to become popular in the relatively young United States. This new country had no wealthy aristocracy to indulge in subjects of personal interest. In other… Expand
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