Date of Award

2014

Document Type

USM Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

American New England Studies

First Advisor

Ardis Cameron

Keywords

State of Maine, Pine tree

Abstract

In 1945 the Maine Senate designated the white pine as Maine's state tree, deepening a cultural association between the tree and the state that emerged organically over many years. The process whereby an object in nature gradually becomes a symbol for a region and its people involves a complex interplay of forces. In the white pine's case, these forces range from evolutionary biology to colonialism, economics and our changing relationship with nature over time.

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This thesis is restricted to USM access only.

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