John Quincy Adams's Rhetorical Crusade for Astronomy

  title={John Quincy Adams's Rhetorical Crusade for Astronomy},
  author={M. Portolano},
  pages={480 - 503}
Astronomy thrived in Europe during the early nineteenth century, but in the United States a utilitarian mind-set opposed it. John Quincy Adams's oratory in support of American astronomical discovery reached its peak during congressional debate over the Smithsonian Institution (1838-1846). During this debate Adams countered proposals to found a university with plans for an observatory. His addresses to congressional and public audiences about observatories and astronomy were intended to foster… Expand
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