The Cotton Kingdom: A Traveller's Observations On Cotton And Slavery In The American Slave States, 1853-1861

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Da Capo Press, Aug 22, 1996 - History - 626 pages
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Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) is best known for designing parks in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, Boston, and the grounds of the Capitol in Washington. But before he embarked upon his career as the nation's foremost landscape architect, he was a correspondent for theNew York Times, and it was under its auspices that he journeyed through the slave states in the 1850s. His day-by-day observations—including intimate accounts of the daily lives of masters and slaves, the operation of the plantation system, and the pernicious effects of slavery on all classes of society, black and white—were largely collected in The Cotton Kingdom. Published in 1861, just as the Southern states were storming out of the Union, it has been hailed ever since as singularly fair and authentic, an unparalleled account of America's "peculiar institution."

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This is a two-volume history of the United States South during the period of slavery when cotton was king. It was his belief that the cotton plantations could be worked just as effectively with hired ... Read full review


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Arthur Meier Schlesinger, 1888 - 1965 U.S. Historian Arthur Schlesinger was born in 1888 in Xenia, Ohio and was educated at Ohio State and Columbia Universities. Schlesinger taught American history at Ohio State University from 1912-1919 and was professor and head of the history department at the State University of Iowa from 1919-1924. He then became professor of history at Harvard University from 1924-1954 and in 1942, was president of the American Historical Association. Schlesinger wrote of the sociological forces that shaped American history, whose titles include "The Colonial Merchants and the American Revolution, 1763-1776" (1917), "New Viewpoints in American History" (1922), "The Rise of the City" (1933), and "The Political and Social Growth of the American People 1865-1940" (1941). He also edited "A History of American Life" (13 vol., 1927-1948) with American historian Dixon Ryan Fox.

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