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The Holy Earth; Background Books; Liberty Hyde Bailey
Liberty Hyde Bailey
L. H. Bailey, the Comstock Publishing Co., agents, 1919
Country life; Earth; Natural resources; Nature
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Liberty Hyde Bailey (March 15, 1858 – December 25, 1954) was an American horticulturist, botanist and cofounder of the American Society for Horticultural Science. Born in South Haven, Michigan, as the third son of farmers Liberty Hyde Bailey Sr. and Sarah Harrison Bailey, Bailey entered the Michigan Agricultural College (MAC, now Michigan State University) in 1878 and graduated in 1882. The next year, he became assistant to the renowned botanist Asa Gray, of Harvard University. This was arranged by a professor at MAC, William James Beal. Bailey spent two years with Gray as his herbarium assistant. The same year, he married Annette Smith, the daughter of a Michigan cattle breeder, whom he met at the Michigan Agricultural College. They had two daughters, Sara May, born in 1887, and Ethel Zoe, born in 1889. Bailey was one of the first to recognize the overall importance of Gregor Mendel's work. He cited Mendel's 1865 and 1869 papers in the bibliography that accompanied his 1892 paper, "Cross Breeding and Hybridizing." Mendel is mentioned again in the 1895 edition of Bailey's "Plant Breeding."Review:
A voice of humility and restraint in our dealings with the natural world, Bailey reminds us that adaptation, not domination, is the measure of human progress . . . In promoting an ethic of stewardship that weaves together a regard for nature with a sense of social responsibility and duty to the future, Bailey reminds us, like Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson would after him, that the fates of nature and humans are ultimately bound together. . . . Bailey's words will shine like a beacon for those seeking to articulate a compelling ethical and civic vision of sustainability in the twenty-first century. -- Ben A. Minteer
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