American Canopy Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation

ISBN-10: 1439193584
ISBN-13: 9781439193587
Edition: 2012
Authors: Eric Rutkow
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Description: This fascinating and groundbreaking work tells the remarkable story of the relationship between Americans and their trees across the entire span of our nation’s history.Like many of us,historians have long been guilty of taking trees for granted.  More...

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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 4/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This fascinating and groundbreaking work tells the remarkable story of the relationship between Americans and their trees across the entire span of our nation’s history.Like many of us,historians have long been guilty of taking trees for granted. Yet the history of trees in America is no less remarkable than the history of the United States itself—from the majestic white pines of New England, which were coveted by the British Crown for use as masts in navy warships, to the orange groves of California, which lured settlers west. In fact, without the country’s vast forests and the hundreds of tree species they contained, there would have been no ships, docks, railroads, stockyards, wagons, barrels, furniture, newspapers, rifles, or firewood. No shingled villages or whaling vessels in New England. No New York City, Miami, or Chicago. No Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, or Daniel Boone. No Allied planes in World War I, and no suburban sprawl in the middle of the twentieth century.As Eric Rutkow’s brilliant, epic account shows, trees were essential to the early years of the republic and indivisible from the country’s rise as both an empire and a civilization.Never before has anyone treated our country’s trees and forests as the subject of a broad historical study, and the result is an accessible, informative, and thoroughly entertaining read. Audacious in its 400 year scope, authoritative in its detail, and elegant in its execution,American Canopyis perfect for history buffs and nature lovers alike.

Jennifer Estep is a bestselling author. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Books in the series are Spider's Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, Tangled Threads, Spider's Revenge, and By a Thread. Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Books in the series are Touch of Frost, First Frost, a prequel e-story, Kiss of Frost and Dark Frost. Estep is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series for Berkley. Titles in the series are Karma Girl, Hot Mama, Jinx, and A Karma Girl Christmas. Jennifer has worked as a features writer and page designer for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.W. Michael Gear was born on May 20, 1955 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received a master's degree in anthropology from Colorado State University in 1979. He married Kathleen O'Neal Gear in 1982, and they have collaborated on a series of books for young adults. The theme of these books is ancient civilizations, and the titles include People of the Wolf, People of the Fire, People of the Sea, and People of the Lakes. They own Wind River Archaeologist Consultants, which is a private research firm. He has also written several books by himself including the Forbidden Borders Trilogy, Morning River, and Dark Inheritance.Kathleen O'Neal Gear was born on October 29, 1954 in Tulare, California. She received a B.A. from California State University in Bakersfield and a M.A. from California State University in Chico. She conducted Ph.D. studies at the University of California in Los Angeles and did post-graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. In the 1980's, she worked as the Wyoming state historian, and later as the archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska. She received the federal government's Special Achievement Award twice for outstanding management of our nation's cultural heritage. She married W. Michael Gear in 1982, and they have collaborated on a series of books for young adults. The theme of these books is ancient civilizations, and the titles include People of the Wolf, People of the Fire, People of the Sea, and People of the Lakes. They own Wind River Archaeologist Consultants, which is a private research firm. She has also written several books by herself including the Women of the West series.Eric Rutkow, a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, has worked as a lawyer on environmental issues. He splits his time between New York and New Haven, Connecticut, where he is pursuing a doctorate in American history at Yale.nbsp; American Canopynbsp;is his first book.

Introduction: The Death of Prometheus
From Discovery to Revolution
The Fruits of Union
The Unrivaled Nature of America
Forests of Commerce
A Changing Consciousness
New Frontiers
Under Attack
Trees as Good Soldiers and Citizens
Postwar Prosperity
The Environmental Era
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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