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Before discovering his calling as a landscape architect, Fredrick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was a farmer, a journalist, and an abolitionist. In the late 1850s, The New York Times dispatched him to the American South to give poorly informed Northerners a truer sense of the region. Olmsted’s reports on slavery and the extremism of its defenders shocked his readers. More than a century later, Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the classic Confederates in the Attic, retraces Olmsted’s 6,000-mile journey to discover the reality of today’s South. Traveling by rail, riverboat, and on horseback whenever possible, Horwitz journeyed from Appalachia down the Ohio and Mississippi, through Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and across Texas to the Rio Grande. Venturing off the beaten paths, he discovered the latest iterations of the Old South.