Frederick Law Olmstead was an American landscape architect and journalist from Hartford, Connecticut. He was sent on a five-year assignment by the New York Daily Times to research life in the southern states and Texas from 1852-1857. Throughout his travels, he made obser...
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Towards the latter portion of the 19th century the north and the south were becoming more divided and the root to that problem was the institution of slavery. Frederick Law Olmstead and John C. Calhoun perfectly represented the opposite sides of issue in their pieces. Unfortunately, I think that their works only did more to further separate the North and the South rather than have them meet in the middle and have an understanding. Northerners who are born and raised in a industrialized society are more inclined to stand with Olmstead because he highlighted the setbacks and the moral corruptions of slavery while Southerners who were born thinking that Blacks were only good to work for White people, would gravitate more towards Calhoun’s piece. It is no surprise that the country entered into a civil war shortly after Calhoun’s speech and Olmstead’s research.
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