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Participant name: Randall Fuller
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FT-61647-14Research Programs: Summer StipendsRandall J. Fuller, PhDWhen Darwin Came To America: The Influence of 'On the Origins of Species' before the Civil War5/1/2014 - 6/30/2014$6,000.00RandallJ.Fuller   University of TulsaTulsaOK74104-9700USA2014History of ScienceSummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

In the winter of 1859-60, a single copy of Charles Darwin's "On the Origins of Species" was read and discussed by five extraordinary American intellectuals: Asa Gray, the Harvard botanist who led the fight for Darwin's theory in America; Charles Loring Brace, the minister and child welfare reformer who used Darwin's book in his relentless crusade against slavery; Franklin Sanborn, a key supporter of John Brown; Bronson Alcott, the philosopher and father of Louisa May, who vehemently resisted Darwin's insights as a threat to transcendental idealism; and Henry David Thoreau, who used Darwin's theory to redirect his life's work. My book project, "When Darwin Came to America," is the biography of Darwin's idea as it was encountered by this group of transcendental intellectuals during a single year: 1860.