On Her Own Terms: Annie Montague Alexander and the Rise of by Barbara R. Stein

By Barbara R. Stein

At a time whilst ladies couldn't vote and extremely few have been fascinated about the area outdoor the house, Annie Montague Alexander (1867-1950) used to be an intrepid explorer, novice naturalist, expert markswoman, philanthropist, farmer, and founder and buyer of 2 normal background museums on the collage of California, Berkeley. Barbara R. Stein provides a luminous portrait of this amazing girl, a pioneer who assisted in shaping the area of technological know-how in California, but whose identify has been little identified formerly. Alexander's father based a Hawaiian sugar empire, and his nice wealth afforded his adventurous daughter the chance to pursue her many pursuits. Stein portrays Alexander as a fancy, clever, girl who--despite her frail appearance--was made up our minds to accomplish whatever together with her lifestyles. besides Louise Kellogg, her companion of 40 years, Alexander accrued millions of animal, plant, and fossil specimens all through western North the USA. Their collections function a useful list of the natural world that have been commencing to disappear because the West succumbed to spiraling inhabitants progress, urbanization, and agricultural improvement. at the present time not less than seventeen taxa are named for Alexander, and several other others honor Kellogg, who persevered to make box journeys after Alexander's dying. Alexander's dealings with scientists and her encouragement--and funding--of girls to do box learn earned her a lot admiration, even from people with whom she clashed. Stein's vast use of archival fabric, together with excerpts from correspondence and diaries, permits us to work out Annie Alexander as a willing observer of human nature who enjoyed ladies and believed of their functions. Her legacy endures within the fields of zoology and paleontology and in addition within the lives of ladies who search to stick with their very own superstar to the fullest measure attainable.

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On Her Own Terms: Annie Montague Alexander and the Rise of Science in the American West

At a time whilst ladies couldn't vote and intensely few have been curious about the realm outdoors the house, Annie Montague Alexander (1867-1950) was once an intrepid explorer, beginner naturalist, expert markswoman, philanthropist, farmer, and founder and shopper of 2 traditional background museums on the college of California, Berkeley.

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A stiff way to put it but it suits me). He tells me that I must have the muscles of my eyes cut. Is he honest! . He looks me straight in the eye as I look him. I never understood proportion very well but this is clear to me—doctor:patient::imposter:imposed upon. Proven by experience. Mama thinks I am cynical but it is a mistake. 16 Writing to Martha became Annie’s catharsis. She readily admitted that she had “not quite been able to adjust myself to things as they were” since their return from Oregon.

It took two days to find the new fossil locale, and the campsite they chose proved to be too far from water, an essential ingredient not only for cooking and drinking but also for preparing the plaster bandages used in wrapping the specimens. Compounding these difficulties, four of their horses ran off. When the animals were finally located several days later, they were near death from dehydration. But Alexander was not deterred. She loved being in the field and at the conclusion of this chapter of the journey she reflected, “A trip could hardly have been more poorly planned but it has afforded us .

The pair stopped in Brandy City, Quincy, Greenville, Prattville, Fall River Mills, and Lookout, California, before wandering across the border into southern Oregon. From Klamath Falls they journeyed north to Crater Lake. In the high Sierra meadows, a few precocious blades of grass attempted to push their way toward a bright June sun amid scattered drifts of snow, often knee-deep. By their own reckoning, the most spectacular moment of the trip was their first glimpse of Mount Shasta silhouetted against the setting sun.

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