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Frederick Law Olmsted

The late Tony Horwitz, in his own epic journey, followed in the footsteps of Frederick Law Omsted, who traveled through the South just before the Civil War to learn about our nation in divided times. Here are some observations from West Virginia.

. . . was a lot bigger than yours. Here’s why you should care.

It has been the received wisdom of the suburban age that kids grow up better in the country, where there is access to fresh air, trees, wildlife (although not too much of it, please), and other good things. Read more >>

A REMARKABLE SOCIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENT SHOWED YOU COULD DO IT—IF YOU COULD STAND IT

In 1893 Chicago played host to a World’s Fair that rivaled the Paris Exposition of 1889 for splendor and exceeded all previous fairs in magnitude. Read more >>

Frederick Law Olmsted founded a new artistic profession in America. Today he is scarcely known by the millions who use and enjoy his works