American Beginnings

The origins of two aspects of American cultural and scientific history are the subjects of this episode of Soundings. William Rorabaugh discusses his study of apprenticeship, an element in United States social history that flourished between the time of the American Revolution and the Civil War.

In the second episode [14:00], Seymour Cohen describes his research on Thomas Cooper (1759-1839), one of the founders of modern scientific inquiry in America and a man whom Thomas Jefferson called one of the ablest men in America.

At the time of these interviews, Rorabaugh, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1983-84), was professor of history at the University of Washington.

Cohen, a Fellow at the Center (1982-83 and 1984-85), was professor of biochemistry at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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