Spying on the South

Spying on the South

An Odyssey Across the American Divide

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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781101980286
Branch Call Number: 975.04 Ho
Description: 476 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 12, 2019

This was not my favorite Tony Horwitz (RIP) book. I always like his style, but I found it difficult to follow the sometimes nebulous link between Frederick Law Olmsted's travel & experiences and Mr. Horwitz's travels. That being said, I always enjoy his books and it was really interesting learning about FLO.


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