ATG Book of the Week of July 18, 2011
John Bachman: Selected Writings on Science, Race, and Religion, edited by Gene Waddell. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2011. 9780820338187. 380 pages.
John Bachman (1790-1874) was an internationally renowned naturalist and prominent Lutheran minister. This is the first collection of his writings. Bachman was responsible for the descriptions of the 147 mammal species included in Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America which was produced in collaboration with John James Audubon. Gene Waddell was a frequent columnist for Against the Grain before he retired and set out on a tour of the world. And I can’t help but remember that another fan of John Bachman was the late Lyman Newlin who frequently attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charleston where John Bachman served as minister for fifty-six years.