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

Means, Howard B. (Author).

Available copies

  • 30 of 31 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Alexandria-Monroe PL - Alexandria B CHA (Text) 37521530297862 AMPL Adult Biography Available -
Andrews-Dallas PL - Andrews BIOGRAPHY Chapman (Text) 73351000043803 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Batesville Mem. PL - Batesville 920 CHAPMAN JOHN (Text) 34706001269507 Non-Fiction 900-999 Available -
Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Bloomfield Main 92 APP (Text) 36803000806567 BIOGRAPHY Available -
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Brownstown PL - Brownstown 92 APPLESE (Text) 79361000099995 Adult Nonfiction - Biography Available -
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Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola B APPLESEED (Text) 33118000145595 Adult: Biography Available -
Danville-Center Twp PL - Danville B APP (Text) 32604030004908 DCTPLD IR Biography Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 1439178259
  • ISBN: 9781439178256
  • ISBN: 9781439178263
  • Physical Description: 320 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, 2011.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
"A biography Johnny Appleseed, both the historical person and the legendary figure"-- Provided by publisher.
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Appleseed, Johnny, 1774-1845.
Apple growers > United States > Biography.
Frontier and pioneer life > Middle West.
Biography & autobiography / Historical.
History/ General.
History / United States / 19th century.

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