American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Just nominated for a National Book Award!
Historian Victoria Johnson’s ground-breaking book, American Eden, is a biography of the doctor at the Hamilton-Burr duel, David Hosack, a pioneering physician and botanist.
As Victoria reveals, Hosack was one of the few things the duelists did agree on. Summoned that morning because of his role as the beloved Hamilton family doctor, he was also a close friend of Burr. A brilliant surgeon and a world-class botanist, Hosack – who until now has been lost in the fog of history – was a pioneering thinker who shaped a young nation.
One goal drove Hosack above all others: to build the Republic’s first botanical garden. Despite innumerable obstacles and near-constant resistance, Hosack triumphed when, by 1810, his Elgin Botanic Garden at last crowned twenty acres of Manhattan farmland. It is now buried under Rockefeller Center.
A book signing and sale follow the lecture. Walk ins welcome!
Read more about the book at www.americaneden.org.
Listen to Victoria talk about her book on NPR's Living on Earth here.