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The Resource Johnny Appleseed : the man, the myth, the American story, Howard Means

Johnny Appleseed : the man, the myth, the American story, Howard Means

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Johnny Appleseed : the man, the myth, the American story
Title
Johnny Appleseed
Title remainder
the man, the myth, the American story
Statement of responsibility
Howard Means
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "A biography Johnny Appleseed, both the historical person and the legendary figure"--
  • "This portrait of Johnny Appleseed restores the flesh-and-blood man beneath the many myths. It captures the boldness of an iconic American life and the sadness of his last years, as the frontier marched past him, ever westward. And it shows how death liberated the legend and made of Johnny a barometer of the nation's feelings about its own heroic past and the supposed Eden it once had been. It is a book that does for America's inner frontier what Stephen Ambrose's Undaunted Courage did for its western one. No American folk hero--not Davy Crockett, not even Daniel Boone--is better known than Johnny Appleseed, and none has become more trapped in his own legends. The fact is, John Chapman--the historical Johnny Appleseed--might well be the best-known figure from our national past about whom most people know almost nothing real at all. One early historian called Chapman "the oddest character in all our history," and not without cause. Chapman was an animal whisperer, a vegetarian in a raw country where it was far easier to kill game than grow a crop, a pacifist in a place ruled by gun, knife, and fist. Some settlers considered Chapman a New World saint. Others thought he had been kicked in the head by a horse. And yet he was welcomed almost everywhere, and stories about him floated from cabin to cabin, village to village, just as he did. As eccentric as he was, John Chapman was also very much a man of his times: a land speculator and pioneer nurseryman with an uncanny sense for where settlement was moving next, and an evangelist for the Church of the New Jerusalem on a frontier alive with religious fervor. His story is equally America's story at the birth of the nation. In this tale of the wilderness and its taming, author Howard Means explores how our national past gets mythologized and hired out. Mostly, though, this is the story of two men, one real and one invented; of the times they lived through, the ties that link them, and the gulf that separates them; of the uses to which both have been put; and of what that tells us about ourselves, then and now"--
Summary
A profile of the real Johnny Appleseed goes behind his folk-legend persona to reveal his contributions as an animal whisperer, vegetarian and pacifist at a time when such practices were virtually non-existent, offering insight into his additional work as an evangelist and land speculator
Writing style
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Biography type
individual biography
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381291
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 634/.11092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
SB63.C46
LC item number
M43 2011
Literary form
non fiction
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Target audience
adult
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the man, the myth and the American story
Label
Johnny Appleseed : the man, the myth, the American story, Howard Means
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Right fresh from heaven -- Roots -- Breaking away -- Land, ho! -- Down to business -- A calling -- In country -- The plan -- Man to myth -- The last frontier -- Final rites -- Appleseed unbound -- Blessings three -- My Johnny
Control code
19882521
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9781439178256
Lccn
2011000665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)646112955
Label
Johnny Appleseed : the man, the myth, the American story, Howard Means
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Right fresh from heaven -- Roots -- Breaking away -- Land, ho! -- Down to business -- A calling -- In country -- The plan -- Man to myth -- The last frontier -- Final rites -- Appleseed unbound -- Blessings three -- My Johnny
Control code
19882521
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
320 pages
Isbn
9781439178256
Lccn
2011000665
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)646112955

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