Johnny Appleseed

The Man, the Myth, the American Story

by Howard Means

Johnny Appleseed

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Innovation: 'Machu Picchu', Homesteading And 'Johnny Appleseed'

"Johnny Appleseed ... he's real, right?" asks NPR's Noah Adams. To find out, Adams read Howard Mean's biography of John Chapman, "a smiling man — a vegetarian — who shared the forest with the Indians and bears and cougars, and brought his gift of apples to an expanding new America." Adams says he could have lived without the book's genealogical research, the details of Chapman's devotion to the Church of the New Jerusalem, and the teachings of Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg. "It was

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