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A Journey Through Texas: Or a Saddle-Trip on the Southwestern Frontier

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Before he became America's foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was by turns a surveyor, merchant seaman, farmer, magazine publisher, and traveling newspaper correspondent. In 1856-57 he took a saddle trip through Texas to see the country and report on its lands and peoples. His description of the Lone Star State on the eve of the Civil War remains one of the best accounts of the American West ever published. Unvarnished by sentiment or myth making, based on firsthand observations, and backed with statistical research, Olmsted's narrative captures the manners, foods, entertainments, and conversations of the Texans, as well as their housing, agriculture, business, exotic animals, changeable weather, and the pervasive influence of slavery.
 
Back and forth from the Sabine to the Rio Grande, through San Augustine, Nacogdoches, San Marcos, San Antonio, Neu-Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Lavaca, Indianola, Goliad, Castroville, La Grange, Houston, Harrisburg, and Beaumont, Olmsted rode and questioned and listened and reported. Texas was then already a multiethnic and multiracial state, where Americans, Germans, Mexicans, Africans, and Indians of numerous tribes mixed uneasily. Olmsted interviewed planters, scouts, innkeepers, bartenders, housewives, drovers, loafers, Indian chiefs, priests, runaway slaves, and emigrants and refugees from every part of the known world—most of whom had "gone to Texas" looking for a fresh start. He also observed the breathtaking arrival of spring on the prairie and the starry nights that seemed to prove the truth of the German saying “The sky seems nearer in Texas.”

About the Author

Witold Rybczynski is the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include the J. Anthony Lukas Prize winner A Clearing in The Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century and The Perfect House.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803286207
Introduction:
Rybczynski, Witold
Publisher:
Bison Books
Introduction by:
Rybczynski, Witold
Introduction:
Rybczynski, Witold
Author:
Olmsted, Frederick Law
Author:
Olmsted, Frederick Law, JR
Author:
Rybczynski, Witold
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
United States - South - Texas
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
Subject:
Texas Description and travel.
Subject:
US History-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Map, illustration, 31 tables
Pages:
539
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1.3 lb

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