Democratic Science: The Politics of Knowledge in Jacksonian America

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Americans in the Jacksonian era aspired to lead the world in the practice of democracy and also in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. The attempt to merge these two missions into one produced political clashes between the Whig and Democratic parties, inspired the creation of the Smithsonian Institution, and defined a dilemma that still persists today.

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Politics Science

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