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Spying on the South: an odyssey across the American divide

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The New York Times -bestselling final book by the beloved, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Tony Horwitz. With Spying on the South , the best-selling author of Confederates in the Attic returns to the South and the Civil War era for an epic adventure on the trail of America's greatest landscape architect. In the 1850s, the young Frederick Law Olmsted was adrift, a restless farmer and dreamer in search of a mission. He found it during an extraordinary journey, as an undercover correspondent in the South for the up-and-coming New York Times. For the Connecticut Yankee, pen name "Yeoman," the South was alien, often hostile territory. Yet Olmsted traveled for 14 months, by horseback, steamboat, and stagecoach, seeking dialogue and common ground. His vivid dispatches about the lives and beliefs of Southerners were revelatory for readers of his day, and Yeoman's remarkable trek also reshaped the American landscape, as Olmsted sought to reform his own society by creating democratic spaces for the uplift of all. The result: Central Park and Olmsted's career as America's first and foremost landscape architect. Tony Horwitz rediscovers Yeoman Olmsted amidst the discord and polarization of our own time. Is America still one country? In search of answers, and his own adventures, Horwitz follows Olmsted's tracks and often his mode of transport (including muleback): through Appalachia, down the Mississippi River, into bayou Louisiana, and across Texas to the contested Mexican borderland. Venturing far off beaten paths, Horwitz uncovers bracing vestiges and strange new mutations of the Cotton Kingdom. Horwitz's intrepid and often hilarious journey through an outsized American landscape is a masterpiece in the tradition of Great Plains , Bad Land , and the author's own classic, Confederates in the Attic.
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subject_facetHorwitz, Tony, -- 1958- -- Travel -- Southern States
Olmsted, Frederick Law, -- 1822-1903 -- Travel -- Southern States
Plantation life
Slavery -- Southern States -- History
Southern States -- Description and travel
Southern States -- History
Southern States -- Social life and customs
Travel writing
title_displaySpying on the South : an odyssey across the American divide
title_fullSpying on the South : an odyssey across the American divide / Tony Horwitz
Spying on the South An Odyssey Across the American Divide
title_shortSpying on the South
title_suban odyssey across the American divide
topic_facetDescription and travel
Horwitz, Tony
Olmsted, Frederick Law
Plantation life
Social life and customs
Southern States