Founding Gardeners

Founding Gardeners

The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation

Book - 2011
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"For the founding fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for the nation they were creating. Andrea Wulf reveals for the first time this aspect of the revolutionary generation. She describes how, even as British ships gathered off Staten Island, George Washington wrote his estate manager about the garden at Mount Vernon; how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson's and John Adams's faith in their fledgling nation; how a trip to the great botanist John Bartram's garden helped the delegates of the Constitutional Congress break their deadlock; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism. These and other stories reveal a guiding but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307269904
0307269906
Branch Call Number: 712.097309033 W961f 2011
Characteristics: x, 349 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm

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Andrea Wulf examines the creation of the American nation and the lives of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison through the lens of gardens, landscapes, nature and agriculture. She believes that the interest the founding fathers had in these areas influenced their political thought.
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