John Muir describes his youth and early scientific curiosity

The story of my boyhood and youth


Like Henry Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carson, John Muir was one of the most powerful influences on Americans' attitudes toward their environment. This memoir describes his childhood in Scotland, his teenage years on a farm near Portage, Wisconsin, and his brief attendance at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. It shows how his youth in Wisconsin helped spark his scientific curiosity and reverence for nature, which later led him to found the Sierra Club and lead the movement for national parks.


Related Topics: The Progressive Era
The Conservation Movement
Creator: Muir, John, 1838-1914.
Pub Data: Boston, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913
Citation: Muir, John. The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913). Online facsimile at:  http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/lhbum:@field(DOCID+@l
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