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Banquet at Delmonico's: The Gilded Age and the Triumph of Evolution in America
by Barry Werth
University of Chicago Press, 2011
Paper: 978-0-226-89384-6
Library of Congress Classification HM631.W47 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 303.4097309034

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

In Banquet at Delmonico’s, Barry Werth draws readers inside the circle of intellectuals, scientists, politicians, businessmen, and clergymen who brought Charles Darwin’s controversial ideas to post-Civil-War America. Each chapter is dedicated to a crucial intellectual encounter, culminating with an exclusive farewell dinner held in English philosopher Herbert Spencer’s honor at the venerable New York restaurant Delmonico’s in 1882. In this thought-provoking and nuanced account, Werth firmly situates social Darwinism in the context of the Gilded Age. Banquet at Delmonico’s is social history at its finest.


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