America's verdant cross

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Author: Simon Schama
Date: Spring 1995
From: The Wilson Quarterly(Vol. 19, Issue 2)
Publisher: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Document Type: Article
Length: 5,882 words

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Abstract :

The giant trees of America's dense woodlands often figured in the works of many painters and literary writers who lived in the late 19th century. These artists viewed the trees, which included the giant sequoias and oak trees, as symbols of transcendentalism and divinity of the country's landscape. The trees were also regarded by artists in their poems and paintings as a form of spiritual architecture or holy asylum wherein man can enjoy providential benediction.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A16921821