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The Republic of Shade: New England and the American Elm

By: Thomas J Campanella

272 pages, Illus

Yale University Press

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #140268 | ISBN: 0300097395
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The American elm, elegant and highly adaptable, was an essential feature of America's cultural landscape for more than a century. This illustrated text traces the elm's transformation from a fast-growing weed into a regional and national icon, and shows how Elm Street satisfied America's quest for a pastoral urbanism imagined since the time of Jefferson.

This richly entwined history of the elm tree and American culture provides a masterful reading of how generations of New Englanders have planted and tended the elm, telling complex and engaging tales of both nature and nation. Anne Whiston Spirn, author of The Language of Landscape

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Thomas J. Campanella is assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of Cities from the Sky: An Aerial Portrait of America.

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