Johnny Appleseed is a figure from American history whose life was so distinctive and unique that he's become almost mythic - the book I read while researching this podcast cited poll in which a hefty portion of Americans weren't sure if he was real or make-believe. But while John Chapman's contributions to American orchards may be a little overinflated, he was definitely a real person, and there was a lot more to his life than bare feet and a sack of seeds.
Our listener mail is from Zahra, who writes about the Madame Lalaurie episode.
The research on this one fell to me, and here it is:
- Means, Howard. "Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, the American Story." Simon & Schuster. April 12, 2011. (TONS more on Chapman in this book than in this episode. I recommend it if you'd like a deeper look.)
A link to today's episode: The Life of Johnny Appleseed
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