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Kerrigan s exploration of John Chapman s life and the mythology surrounding him is insightful His defense of Chapman s choice for seeds over grafted trees makes good sense Some recent work on indigenous horticultural practices challenges his characterization, but Kerrigan also shares information on the obvious European model orchards adopted by some of the Iroquois relatively early in colonial history Good conversations to be had from and around this book. I was turned off, immediately, but the statement in the Preface that highlighted domestication of a continent and North America I am one of those who disagree with the notion of Manifest Destiny You d think I d agree with the Johnny Appleseed notion on non violence I was raised in another country so Johnny Appleseed barely touched the map of my education If they re throwing it down the children s throats, well, I m taking it at face value.I was disgusted with the academic flavor of this tenured professor turned author who elevated Chapman to a deity status and almost compared him to Jesus puh leeseThe only reason I don t qualify this as a one star is because of the obvious research extensive Bibliography purportedly used to create this self published creation A giant term paper. A highly readable account of the life Johnny Appleseed William Kerrigan explores the legand and the man as a nurseryman, pacifist, missionary, businessman, conservationalist, and minimalist I recommend it with five stars
Before mass media and the Internet, there was folklore Whether folklore, in the sense of conveying a traditional cultural narrative, is facilitated, transformed, superseded or destroyed by the Internet is an argument for another day Stories about folkloric characters usually say about the cultures that produce them than they do about the individuals themselves That s why the standard mythology about Johnny Appleseed is so unique A pacifist, vegetarian, uneducated, impoverished, altruistic Jesus freak who opened up a vast frontier by promoting peace through fruit stands dramatically apart from the crude, violent, hell raising folk heroes like Daniel Boone, Paul Bunyan, or Mike Fink Appleseed was a lover, not a fighter He may be the original counter cultural hero Of course, as Kerrigan s history on the life and times of Johnny Appleseed demonstrates, the real man was not as pristine and benevolent as he was made out to be Mostly, he was motivated by the desire to improve his own material condition, same as anybody else Nor was he even necessarily all that eccentric, compared to the common rabble that one would find on the Ohio frontier in the early 1800s What Kerrigan suggests, instead, is that the appeal of the Appleseed brand comes from how well he represented a traditional work ethic and a naturalistic form of American enterprise at a time when the frontiers were rapidly shrinking and technology was altering old world value systems For example, as much as he railed against how it was unnatural to graft fruit trees, his arguments were unpersuasive to a generation of well off orchardists who could see clearly that grafting improved the quality of the yield Johnny identified with older and he believed virtuous ways of doing things doomed though they were Viewed that way, his famous eccentricity might be nothing than righteous backwardness To this day, there is plenty of popular sympathy for characters who refuse to change with the times Kerrigan sees Johnny as a bit daft, but hardly insane, and outside of the mainstream, but not alone in his beliefs I wonder how the man, John Chapman, would have regarded the mythology that developed around him Personally, I don t think that he d have liked all of the attention, and the idea of a scholarly work based upon his life would probably make him deeply suspicious He might call it unnatural. A thoughtful and innovative reexamination of the life of John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed and the later creation of the Johnny Appleseed myth Kerrigan grounds his book in extensive and dogged research but also weaves a subtle and highly readable account of Chapman s story and the place of the American orchard and the Appleseed story in the saga of the taming and transformation of the American frontier. I thought this book was a great book for people who don t have parents This book can almost teach you how to survive if you don t have loving to help you get through life parents Something I wish was different about the book is that I wish that it had pictures about all of johnny s great achievments I would recommend this book to people like adventure This book has a lot of adventures stuff in it I am pretty sure a little kid would enjoy all the adventure This book may also change peoples perspective of there life and show them that they can do any thing in life if they try. I m not much of a history buff, but this was a decent read It s an early history of Ohio, combined with a biography of John Johnny Appleseed Chapman Extensively researched Very comprehensive. &Ebook ↠ Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard ☉ Most People Forget About The Legend Of Johnny Appleseed After Childhood But The Man Behind The Myth Was A Significant Figure In The Agricultural Development Of Early America In Johnny Appleseed And The American Orchard, William Kerrigan Illuminates John Chapman S Life And Reveals The Environmental And Cultural Significance Of The Plant He Propagated Drawing On Oral Histories And Material From Archives And Historical Societies, He Dissects The Appleseed Myth, Creating An Eye Opening New Portrait Of The Eccentric Apple Tree Planter Known For His Gentleness And Self Sacrifice, Johnny Appleseed Stands Apart From Quintessentially Masculine Frontier Heroes Like Davy Crockett And Daniel Boone His Apple Trees, Nonetheless, Were A Central Part Of The Transformation Of The West Chapman, Who Planted Trees From Seed Rather Than Grafting, Came Under Assault From Those Who Promoted Commercial Fruit Stock And Were Determined To Extend National Markets Into The West He Had Taken A Side In A Culture War That Ultimately Transformed Him Into A Curious Relic Of A Pre Market Era Tracing Chapman S Life From Seedling Planter To National Legend, Kerrigan Casts New Light On The Landscape Of Early America I will use this story in my classroom to teach sequencing of events, we will make a timeline of johnny Appleseed adventures throughout the story.