Enduring Roots: Encounters with Trees, History, and the American Landscape (Studies in Modern Science, Technology, a)

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Trees are the grandest and most beautiful plant creations on earth. From their shade-giving, arching branches and strikingly diverse bark to their complex root systems, trees represent shelter, stability, place, and community as few other living objects can.

Enduring Roots tells the stories of historic American trees, including the oak, the apple, the cherry, and the oldest of the world’s trees, the bristlecone pine. These stories speak of our attachment to the land, of our universal and eternal need to leave a legacy, and demonstrate that the landscape is a gift, to be both received and, sometimes, tragically, to be destroyed.

Each chapter of this book focuses on a specific tree or group of trees and its relationship to both natural and human history, while exploring themes of community, memory, time, and place. Readers learn that colonial farmers planted marker trees near their homes to commemorate auspicious events like the birth of a child, a marriage, or the building of a house. They discover that Benjamin Franklin’s Newtown Pippin apples were made into a pie aboard Captain Cook’s Endeavour while the ship was sailing between Tahiti and New Zealand. They are told the little-known story of how the Japanese flowering cherry became the official tree of our nation’s capital—a tale spanning many decades and involving an international cast of characters. Taken together, these and many other stories provide us with a new ways to interpret the American landscape.

“It is my hope,” the author writes, “that this collection will be seen for what it is, a few trees selected from a great forest, and that readers will explore both—the trees and the forest—and find pieces of their own stories in each.”

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If there is a middle ground between wilderness and civilization, a place where nature and humankind can be reconciled, historian Gayle Samuels suggests, it is to be found in an orchard. "Orchards," she writes, "combine the seeming opposites of ... forest and town, spontaneity and calculation" to offer the best of both worlds.

In her elegant meditation on the trees of North America, Samuels looks closely at the role of managed nature in our history. She turns to such exhibits as the "wild apples" Henry David Thoreau celebrated (which were simply escapees from New England orchards); the Charter Oak of Connecticut, honored for its role in revolutionary history, some 10,000 pieces of which were distributed around the country when the tree died in 1856; and the work of John Chapman, "Johnny Appleseed," who planted countless thousands of European trees throughout Ohio and Indiana. Samuels deepens our knowledge of commonplace events, writing, for instance, of the double-blossom cherry trees that grace the Tidal Basin of Washington, D.C., a gift of the Japanese government in the early 20th century--but, Samuels adds, a gift meant to persuade the United States to keep its doors open to Japanese immigration.

Ardent arboriculturalists and students of cultural history alike will welcome Samuels's graceful book. --Gregory McNamee

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Gayle Brandow Samuels is the principal author of Women in the City of Brotherly Love... And Beyond.

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