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Bees in America by Tammy Horn
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Dec 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: history, food-and-drink, met-the-author, science, non-fiction

This book provides a great overview of how bees and beekeeping have affected American history and culture. Horn takes us from colonial times through to the present. including discussion of how bees and beehives became metaphors for American independence and westward expansion. The Mormons and their symbolic appropriation of the beehive is especially discussed. With all of the recent discussion on the "disappearing bees" this book reminds us why bees are important to America on multiple levels.

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