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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An American aesthetic: A social history and future for tree planting on southeastern Wyoming's High Plains
by Townsend, Evan E., M.A., University of Wyoming, 2016, 120; 10161573
Abstract (Summary)

No matter the climate, trees are perceived as a requirement for United States cities. Trees have been a practical and visual necessity for the urban environment since the America colonial era to today. In arid and harsh environments, like southeastern Wyoming, trees become an agent allowing the city site to be livable; ready for metaphorical and physical family tree roots. This thesis explores tree’s ornamental purposes and practical purposes seen on the High Plains of southeastern Wyoming and the nation at large. The narrative begins with the American Plains’ greater historical context, then explores Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming’s tree planting history. The last chapter analyzes America’s cultural value embedded with city trees. Lastly, as climates have begun to change, so too must an American aesthetic bound to green grasses and exotic species.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Knobloch, Frieda
Commitee: Denzer, Anthony, Roberts, Phil
School: University of Wyoming
Department: American Studies
School Location: United States -- Wyoming
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, History, Aesthetics
Keywords: American history, American west, Cheyenne, Cottonwood, Laramie, Trees
Publication Number: 10161573
ISBN: 978-1-369-16436-7
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