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Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation

Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation (Hardback, illustrated edition)

By Horn, Tammy

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Queen Bee, busy as a bee, and the land of milk and honey are expressions that permeate the language within American culture. Music, movies, art, advertising, poetry, children's books, and literature all incorporate the dynamic image of the tiny, industrious honey bee into our pop...ular culture. Honey bees - and the values associated with them - have quietly influenced American values for four centuries. Bees and beekeepers have represented order and stability in a country without a national religion, political party, language, or family structure. Bees in America is an enlightening cultural history of bees and beekeeping in the United States. Tammy Horn, herself a beekeeper, offers a varied social and technological history from the colonial period, when the British first brought bees to the New World, to the present, when bees are being trained by the American military to detect bombs. Horn shows how the honey bee was one of the first symbols of colonization and how bees' societal structures shaped our ideals about work, family, community, and leisure. In turn, the Puritan work ethic was modeled after the beehive, and this model continues to influence American definitions of success. Still a powerful symbol today, the honey bee is both a source of income and a metaphor for America's place at the center of global advances in information and technology.
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ISBN 9780813123509
Released AU 11 Mar 2005
Publisher Inbooks
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
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ISBN-13 9780813123509
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint The University Press of Kentucky
Released 11 Mar 2005
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Horn, Tammy
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Popular Culture
Social & Cultural History
Natural History: Insects & Spiders
Insects As Pets
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 638
Weight 669g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Bee culture - United States - History, Honeybee - United States - History, Bees - United States - History, Honeybee, United States
NBS Text Pets & Equine
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly