George Perkins Marsh
In his 1857 report to the Vermont legislature, George Perkins Marsh declared that "the people of New England are suffering, both physically and morally, from a too close and absorbing attention to pecuniary interests, and occupations of mere routine. We have notoriously less physical hardihood and endurance than the generation which preceded our own, our habits are those of less bodily activity; the sports of the field, and the athletic games with which the village green formerly rung upon every military and civil holiday, are now abandoned, and we have become not merely a more thoughtful and earnest, but, it is to be feared, a duller, as well as a more effeminate, and less bold and spirited nation."
The solution, he believed, was to stock the rivers with fish and thereby encourage men to get outside and restore their virility by going fishing.
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