Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide

Spying on the South

An Odyssey Across the American Divide

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ISBN10: 1101980281 ISBN13: 9781101980286 Publisher: Penguin Pr Published: May 14 2019 Pages: 476 Weight: 1.68lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.75" Language: English

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"The author retraces Frederick Law Olmsted's journey across the American South in the 1850s, on the eve of the Civil War. Olmsted roamed eleven states and six thousand miles, and the New York Times published his dispatches about slavery and its defenders. More than 150 years later, Tony Horwitz followed Olmsted's route, and whenever possible his mode of transport--rail, riverboats, in the saddle--through Appalachia, down the Ohio and Mississippi, through Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and across Texas to the Rio Grande, discovering and reporting on vestiges of what Olmsted called the Cotton Kingdom"--

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