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Trying Leviathan:
The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature
D. Graham Burnett

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Figures xi

Chapter One: Introduction 1
The Peace Offering That Stank 1
Maurice v. Judd and the History of Science 5
From Dock to Docket 14

Chapter Two: Common Sense 19
Manhattan and Its Whales 19

Chapter Three: The Philosophical Whale 44
Samuel Latham Mitchill and Natural History in New York City 44
“No More a Fish than a Man” 61
Taxonomy at the Bar 72

Chapter Four: Naturalists in the Crow’s Nest 95
What the Whalemen Knew 95

Chapter Five: Men of Affairs 145
The Whale in the Swamp ?145

Chapter Six: The Jury Steps Out 166
The Knickerbockers Slay a Yankee Whale 166
Who Decides Who Decides? 167
Picking Up the Pisces 178

Chapter Seven: Conclusion 190
New Science, New York, New Nation 190
Epilogue:Whales and Fish, Philosophers and Historians, Science and Society 210

Acknowledgments 223
Bibliography 225
Index 247

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