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

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American Canopy : Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Rutkow, Eric, 9781439193549
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  • ISBN: 9781439193549 | 1439193541
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/24/2012
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Out of the Woods tells the remarkable story of the relationship between Americans and trees across the entire span of the nation’s history. How forests morphed from dark, unmapped infinities, to timber reserves essential to the creation of the American empire, to sanctuaries of nature. How wood built the country, and apple trees united it, and shade trees imbued its great cities with life. How Americans started as people frightened of the woods, became a nation that destroyed these woods for progress and profit, and finally arrived at the present point. Today, few of us understand where timber comes from or what to call any given tree species, but most of us share a sense that to destroy trees is to destroy part of ourselves. This story is uniquely American. No other country was populated because of its trees quite like the United States. Nowhere else has the culture been so intimately associated with wood. History has lost or buried many of these episodes. To learn about trees is to discover a side of the nation’s past that is rarely told. No one has ever treated America’s trees as a subject for such broad historical study. Like so many Americans, historians are guilty of taking trees for granted. But trees are perhaps the loudest silent figures in America’s complicated history.

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